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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.} ========================================================== %YIELD TEMPTATION LETTING GO PREOCCUPATION CONTROLS+980504 %CONFLICT ISSUES COERCION VIOLENCE MANAGE SYSTEM+980504 %MORALISTIC SUPERIORITY BEST BETTER SELF OTHERS SIN 980504 Often we are taught and feel that we should never yield to the temptation to let go of our preoccupations with issues of control, management, discipline, and moralistic superiority --- for we are taught to believe and feel that our individualistic salvation depends on clinging to such preoccupations. Such teachings, beliefs and feelings do much to undermine both communal and personal integrity. They are not coherent with the realities of healthy personal and communal life. People who are driven by preoccupations with issues of control, management, discipline and moralistic superiority --- often engage in coercive and violent patterns of behavior --- which lead to resentment, rebellion, anger, alienation, estrangement, misunderstanding, prejudice ---and so to personal and communal disintegration. Their preoccupations are disintegrative; not integrative. Their conceptions of the nature of faithfulness and temptation are misleading. They often view evil as having to do with failures to conform, rather than as having to with the break-down of open and honest dialogue --- within contexts where people are and feel safe to be vulnerable in being true to themselves and each other. Temptation has to do with conflicts between ideals, values and goals. Dichotomous people pretend that there is only ONE definition of what is good, ideal, valuable and worthy of respect --- and that to consider any other alternative is to yield to temptation. They are dishonest about the existence of conflicts between respected complementary ideals, values and goals. They pretend that life is always simple, even in the face of complexity. They lead people into collusive games of mutual self-deception --- and so into personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================