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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.} ========================================================== %ALIENATE SELF OTHER RECOGNIZE NAME DESCRIBE TALK+971009 %OWN CONTRIBUTE PUNISH EVIL GOOD SIN BLAME GUILT+971009 %TREE KNOWLEDGE RESPONSIBILITY BENEFIT RELATIONS 971009 We continue to be alienated from Self & Other so long as we fail to recognize, name, describe, talk about and own as our own --- all the ways in which we have contributed to our own alienation for Self & Others. It is essential that we: 1. Recognize, 2. Name, 3. Describe, 4. Talk about, and 5. Own as our own, 6. All the ways in which we have contributed, 7. To our Own alienation from, 8. Self, 9. And from Others. There is something essential in each step. By avoiding any step, we can lead ourselves into experiencing additional alienation buy not owning our own additional alienation. It does us no good to blame other people for alienation which we have brought upon ourselves. We need to recognize the roots of how we bring additional alienation upon ourselves. 1. We often focus upon how successfully we have alienated others from us as punishment for their "evil deeds" --- but refuse to recognize that we cannot alienate them from ourselves without alienating ourselves from them. 2. We refuse to recognize that our relationships of alienation are the roots of the "evil deeds" which naturally victimize us all --- in punishment for our relationships of alienation. 3. We often take great pride in how we have properly separated ourselves from "lesser people" --- from whom we have alienated ourselves because we have blamed them for the "evil deeds" which we believe that they alone are responsible. 4. We have refused to own and accept responsibility for any of the alienation which we have engendered between ourselves and those from whom we are separated through: confusion, ignorance, prejudice, intolerance, misunder- standing, anger, resentment, judgmentalism, condemnation, and other alienative patterns of behavior. 5. We have focused upon individuals rather than upon our relationships --- so we can with immunity point fingers at others who are victims of our alienative behaviors within our alienative relationships. 6. We have been proud of how we have benefited from eating from the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil". 7. We have refused to see how our alienation is rooted in our eating from the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" --- thinking proudly to ourselves that it is others who disobeyed and ate from the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" and it is they who (through their disobedience) engendered their alienation from us and God. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================