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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.} ========================================================== %INADEQUATE GUILT SHAME PUNISH COOPERATION LISTEN 980418 Some people feel guilty when they do not feel enough guilt, shame or punishment. For them the means to salvation are guilt, shame and punishment. In the absence of guilt, shame and punishment --- they think that they will not be saved; or that others will not be saved. Such people seek additional guilt, shame and/or punishment; or seek to provide what is lacking to others as a service to insure their salvation --- and maybe their own salvation. Different people have different conceptions of the nature of salvation and damnation. What seems to be salvation to some people, is quite evidently damnation to others --- and vice versa. What some people regard as the essential means to salvation, are to other people the clear indications of evil relationships which are crying out for a valid conception of salvation --- which pertains to personal and communal integrity within cooperative relationships. Some people regard righteousness as a competitive sport; for only a few can win righteousness --- because only the best can be righteous when it comes to the competitive sport of righteousness. Of course the rules of the game are always being improved --- and it is becoming harder and harder to win in the contests for superiority in self-righteousness. Needless to say the winners in the sport are always the best friends of the losers; in fact they rarely are best friends. The sport promotes more alienation, than reconciliation; more purification and sorting out, than bringing together; more conflict, than conflict resolution. People who engage in the competitive sport of righteousness more often split into smaller and smaller teams, than they come together in larger and larger cooperative endeavors. Many support the sport as spectators; giving encouragement to the competitors by their presence as bystanders --- who legitimize the sport and the often coercive conflicts which it engenders. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================