This-essay is a9701301.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %COMPULSIVE RITUAL CLEANLINESS EXCLUSIVE CLUB SIN+970130 %HYGIENE HEALTH DISEASE BACTERIA VIRUS GERMS EVIL+970130 %AVOID REJECTION ALIENATION TOUCH AFFECTION FALL 970130 Some people have ritualized practical considerations of cleanliness and developed compulsive preoccupations with ritualistic cleanliness codes---for which practical considerations are not determinative. Some non-practical considerations are determinative, and often lead to alienative human relationships; rather than to better health. When practical considerations have given way to ritualistic preoccupations, the preoccupations may be expressed in: 1. Avoidance of people who are ritualistically "unclean"---even though for all practical considerations they are clean and not at all likely to transmit any disease. Ritualisticly "unclean" becomes a tool for separating "them" from "us"; a means for widening the gap between opposing populations which are ignorant about and alienated from each other. The tool is used to accentuate conflicts, misunderstandings, and self-righteousness. 2. Focusing upon obeying rules---rather than upon being sensitive to people's needs, desires, fears, anxieties, hopes, aspirations, experiences, perceptions, feelings and other emotions. People get out of touch with each other's realities and their environments. 3. Attempting to elaborate and perfect the set of cleanliness rules in terms of which to try to be perfectly clean; the better the set of rules which are being obeyed, the better are the conformal people who obey the more perfect rules. Self-righteousness and self-condemnations abound --- rather than healthy communities. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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