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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.} ========================================================== %SENSE PROPORTION EVIL SIN PREOCCUPATION INTEGRITY+961124 %MOTE BEAM EYE SEE CLEARLY COLLUSIVE BLINDNESS SIN+961124 %BLIND FOOLS LACK VISION BALANCE ADDICT CODEPEND 961124 Many people are preoccupied with pointing out other people's failures, lacks, mistakes, evils, sins, etc. It would seem that they have 20/20 vision in such regards and should be admired for their clear vision. Jesus, however, told some such people that they should not be preoccupied with removing specks of dust from other people's eyes until they have removed the beams of lumber from their own eyes. Perhaps there is an important matter of proportion which such people do not see clearly. Further, their failures in vision have to do with being critical of others' failures, lacks, mistakes, evils and sins---in the absence of being critical of one's own failures, lacks, mistakes, evils and sins. In the example sketched by Jesus it would seem that the preoccupied critics had alienated themselves from those whom they were ostensibly trying to help through criticisms. There is no hint that the alienation was due to the initiatives of those who were being criticized. There is a clear hint that the alienation was due to the initiatives of the hypercritical people who had blinding beams of lumber in their own eyes. In the situation described by Jesus we may be reminded that people's failures, lacks, mistakes, evils, sins, and the like---are engendered by alienations. Thus there is the hint that such flaws flow from the behaviors of hypercritical people who are preoccupied with directing attention away from their own flaws. In fact, Jesus was bluntly explicit about the need for hypercritical people to turn their skills at pointing out flaws upon themselves---and then to turn their attention upon others only after they had taken good care of dealing with their own flaws. We cannot take good care of others unless we are already taking good care of ourselves. We are making a major mistake and are not helping others when we are not taking good care of ourselves---and yet are prematurely preoccupied with trying to take care of others. Jesus applied the term "fools" to people who engage in such behavior; doing so to their face! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================