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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.} ========================================================== %MODERATE FRAGMENTIVE EXTREMIST BEHAVIOR PEOPLE+980505 %IDEAS IDEALS VALUES GOALS ATTITUDES ASSUMPTIONS+980505 %RECOGNIZE DESCRIBE NAME ADDICTIVE PATTERNS EVILS 980505 When we are confronted with fragmentive extremists and their addictive patterns of behaviors --- is it helpful to avoid recognizing and describing people who persistently engage in patterns of behavior which are extreme, fragmentive, alienative, addictive, etc? If so, why so? Can we deal wisely with extremists' patterns of fragmentive behavior --- without recognizing extremists as persons who promote such patterns of behavior? If so, how so? Perhaps we need to recognize extremists as carriers of dis-ease --- in much the same way as we recognize people who carry micro-organisms that cause infectious diseases. It will probably be futile to look for biological organisms which cause such dis-ease. It may, however, be helpful to look for respected: attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, convictions, ideas, ideals, goals, prejudices, mis-information, and patterns of confusion--- which lead certain kinds of people into patterns of behavior which are: fragmentive, alienative, disintegrative, contentious, combative, coercive, violent, etc. Therein we may find agents analogous to: molds, amoebas, bacteria, prions and viruses. What are some of the risks in this approach? 1. Too readily labeling people in public and/or formal ways---thereby eliciting extreme responses. 2. Striving to be better than, superior to, or more righteous than those we find reason to look down on--- thereby eliciting extreme responses. 3. Imitating the manner of those whom we criticize while opposing the positions which they have taken---and so accentuating the feed-back-loop of extremism. 4. Forgetting that engendering alienation in order to accomplish some goals or fulfill some ideals---will in the long-run undermine the endurance and significance of our positive accomplishments. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================