This-essay is a9706263.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 ========================================================== %SIN EVIL ALIENATION MISUNDERSTAND FEAR DISTRUST 970626 Sin and evil have to do with alienation --- from self, from others, and from God. We cannot eliminate all alienation. Alienation is a part of the human condition because finitude is part of the human condition. We cannot be in intimate communication with all people of the world. We have to choose which few people to be intimately involved with, which to be casual friends with, which to be involved with in formal conventional relationships, and which to greet casually --- if ever. Many people we will be totally ignorant of --- never meeting them and never hearing of them in any way except as part of abstract statistics having to do with counts of how many people there are in various parts of the world. We choose to be friendly and intimate with certain kinds of people --- and to not take the time to get to know others at all well. In our ignorance we are prone to distrust many people with whom we are not familiar. Evil and sin have to do with how and why we are alienated from the many people whom we do not know, do not trust, do not understand and/or do not respect. The qualities of our lives depend upon what kinds of alienation we engender, tolerate, or seek to transcend --- and the kinds of people we excommunicate, tolerate or seek to be friends with. The qualities of our lives depend upon the "logic", "reasons", and "backgrounds" of our patterns of alienation; and similarly of the patterns of alienation of those who are our neighbors. Some people take pride in how and why they are selective in choosing whom to be alienated from within their exclusive clubs, organizations, churches, etc. They take comfort in being together with others who are similarly alienated for similar reasons from similar "undesirables." All of their closest friends within their respectable exclusive clubs, organizations, churches and neighborhoods "cannot" be wrong! That is "unthinkable", and they do not think of the possibility --- to avoid considering the evidence which might help them to discern whether or not the "unthinkable" might be true. Such a discernment would alienate them from their closest friends! That is the tacit rule of their collusive games of mutual self deception. (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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