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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.} ========================================================== %EXTREMIST INDEPENDENCE IDEAL FAIL+980211 %PERVERTED PERSONAL COMMUNAL ALONE ALIENATED+980211 %DISINTEGRATION EVIL SIN 980211 Most ideals become perverted when they are taken to the extreme of excluding complementary ideals from consideration. It is good for people to take care of themselves --- and not to depend in a sickening way upon others --- when they are competent to take reasonably good care of themselves. It is not good for people to idolize "independence" to the point that people become unable to accept needed help, support and assistance --- when they are in real need. The latter is pretentious, dishonest and often associated with arrogance. In a "mirror image" way it is good for people to be willing to help each other. It is not good for people to idolize the image of the suffering servant to the point that people are willing to sacrifice themselves in the service of addicts and arrogant dictatorial people --- who are dishonest manipulators of truths, power and people. When any ideal is idolized to the exclusion of thoughtful consideration of complementary ideals --- the ideal becomes perverted and disintegrative; an idol in an idolatry. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================