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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.} ========================================================== %RELIGIOUS LEADERS ALIENATION BAD EVIL SINFUL OTHER+980328 %GOOD EVIL GOD LAW LEGALISTIC PURITY CODE DIALOGUE+980328 %DISTRUST SUSPICION FEAR ANGER MISUNDERSTAND IGNORE+980328 %PREJUDICE CONFUSION PROJECTIONS ANIMOSITY VIOLENCE 980328 Often self-righteous religious leaders think of alienation in terms of "bad" people who are alienated, from and by "good" religious people; and so from God. Such self righteous "good" religious leaders are often blind to the fact that all alienation is relational; mutual in nature as regards people. Alienation entails personal relationships of people who are characterized by: Broken and/or blocked channels of communication. Suspicion, distrust, fear and/or anger. Misunderstanding, confusion, ignorance & prejudice. Projections, confusion, and/or animosity. While alienation entails relationships, the participants in the relationships of alienation do not experience the alienation in like manner. Often there are differences and/or imbalances as regards: power, ultimate concerns, and conceptions of the nature of righteousness. Some people regard righteousness as having to do with right conformity to laws, rules, commandments, prescriptions, proscriptions and expectations. Other people regard righteousness as having to do with gracious participation in personal relationships which are free of alienation; i.e., are characterized by open and honest dialogue among differing people. People who have contrasting conceptions of the nature of righteousness --- are often bound up in conflicts over how to promote righteousness --- because they have conflicting conceptions of the nature of righteousness, and what will lead to righteousness. Some such people feel and/or believe that they have the right/duty to coercively intrude into other people's private lives to promote righteousness --- according to the conceptions of the self-righteous intruder. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================