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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.} ========================================================== %VIRTUOUS ALIENATE JUDGMENTALISM COERCION VIOLENCE+980415 %CONTROLS DISCIPLINE LEGALISM PURITY CODE LAWS SINS 980415 Some people perceive themselves to be virtuous by virtue of how effectively they alienate themselves from people who are not as virtuous as they are. Such people regard their own arrogance and self-righteousness in positive ways --- because they view such "virtues" as being soundly based upon absolute truths and standards which must be defended and maintained by good people such as themselves. In the absence of such virtuous defense --- the world would go to hell in a hand-basket. Some people regard themselves as having powers which are greater than God's powers. They must do what God seems powerless to do, else the world will degenerate. They seem to know better than God seems to know --- what must be done to uphold essential standards of human perceptions, desires, aspirations, and behaviors. Such people are often preoccupied with issues of control. They regard people who might undermine their preoccupations with issues of control --- as personal threats to good standards for proper behavior which are in keeping with their sure knowledge of God's Will. Humility is not high on their list of virtues. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================