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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PREVENT ELIMINATE OVERCOME EVIL SIN TRAGEDY FAIL 961122 Some people are distressed by the presence of evil in the world and regard evil to be of such a nature that they should seek with all their powers to prevent, eliminate, overcome and control evil. They regard such efforts to be their response to a sacred calling of such importance that all available means must be used to fulfill their calling. Often people who feel called to overcome evil use manipulative means which tragically engender alienation, estrangement, misunderstanding, confusion, and dishonesty --- and so threaten both personal and communal integrity. Such people do not recognize evil as the LACK of: love, open-and-honest dialogue, affection, understanding, sympathy, reconciliation, clarity, honesty and other attributes of persons and communities enjoying both personal and communal integrity. That which is a LACK cannot be eliminated by any kind of behavior which does not introduce into the situation that which is LACKING. The way to deal with evil is to offer that which is LACKING. Darkness cannot be eliminated in any way other than by providing that which is LACKING; i.e., light. We cannot deal wisely with evil if we regard it as something to be eliminated, fought, destroyed, controlled, manipulated, or otherwise overwhelmed. We can deal wisely with evil only if we recognize its essence to be due to the LACK of much which is essential to personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================