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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.} ========================================================== %COMPLEMENTARY EXTREMISMS 971123 Extremists tend to motivate each other to justify their choices of virtues to take to extremes. Each kind of extremists takes some virtue to absurd extremes --- because some other extremist has taken a complementary virtue to its own extreme. Each extremist believes that they are serving as a cure for the evils of another kind of extremist. Authoritarians react to the lack of discipline on the part of other extremists --- who challenge each and every authority on the principle that no authority should be beyond question and that the best service that they can offer is to challenge each and every authoritative statement and command. Anti-authoritarians may be seeking to compensate for the evils of authoritarians who dominate people without any concern for the alienation which they engender; or are so submissive that they are willing to obey any dominant personality who demands obedience. Submissive and dominant authoritarians support each other's extremism in reaction to the extremism of people who show no respect for any authority. Extremely intolerant people are critical of extremists who are so lacking in convictions, beliefs and loyalty --- that they will tolerate all kinds of foolish thinkers, abusive people and selfishness, and regard them as meriting uncritical respect. Loyalists place their extreme trust in some chosen few leaders whom they regard as beyond all criticism. They have no principles, ideals, values or convictions of their own which will stand in the way of doing terrible things out of loyalty to their own few trusted leaders. Loyalists make obedience their prime directive --- and are unable to recognize when they have been manipulated into doing violence to their own integrity and the integrity of their community. They sacrifice intellect, reasoning, and independent judgement on the alter of obedience --- and so encourage other extremists to worship intellect, reason and personal independence as being of extreme importance without limit. Each kind of extremist encourages contrasting kinds of extremists --- including extremists who tolerate all kinds of fools equally without distinction. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Download it! (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================