This-essay is a9703263.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 ========================================================== %POSSIBLE FORMS KINDS RISKS FALLING LOVE ADDICTION+970326 %TRUST PROTECT TRAGEDY MISTAKES ABUSE CONFUSION SIN+970326 %IGNORANCE INTOLERANCE CONTROLLER CODEPENDENCE EVIL 970326 Young lovers need to know about the risks of falling in love. The risks entailed are not evident to young lovers. What are the risks? Is love so good that there are no risks in attending to the call of love? If God is love what are the risks? Doesn't love protect lovers against tragedy, mistakes, abuse, confusion, ignorance, intolerance, controllers, etc? Isn't it enough to be sincere and well intentioned? Intimacy and love entail the risks of being vulnerable. There is no true intimacy in love without being vulnerable. It is risky to be vulnerable--- especially with people who are in conflict internally and/or externally; who are unreliable because their behavior depends upon the current state of the internal and/or external conflicts. True security is known as the freedom to be safely vulnerable---which is rarely possible with people whom you have not yet observed in a wide range of circumstances. Some people are very good at putting on appearances. We cannot learn whether or not they merit our trust --- until we have observed them in many situations where their masks might slip. Some people are out to find imprudent "lovers" who are willing to be vulnerable to them --- and take imprudent risks which are likely to lead to their integrity being violated. People who show little interest or concern about personal and communal integrity are not worthy of high level of trust. Falling in love with them is falling into trouble---or worse. People who are willing to sacrifice honesty to gain some personal advantage --- are likely to sacrifice you to gain some personal advantage. Beware! (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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