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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.} ========================================================== %ABSENCE LACK MISSING LOVE GIFT EXCHANGE INSECURITY+980610 %ALIENATE ESTRANGE DEFENSIVE COERCION VIOLENCE EVIL+980610 %DARKNESS LIGHT IGNORANCE PREJUDICE CONFUSE PRISON+980610 %DOMINANCE 980610 The essence of evil is alienation --- the ABSENCE of dialogue which is open, honest, gentle, balanced, gracious and on-going. In the ABSENCE of such essential aspects of integrative living --- people and communities disintegrate through mis-guided efforts to overcome evil regarded as a pernicious force which must be defeated. In the ABSENCE of light, people walk in darkness and make many mistakes --- losing touch with each other and losing touch with all that is essential to meaningful and satisfying lives. Darkness is the ABSENCE of light. Darkness is not a pernicious force which must be defeated. Darkness cannot be overcome through efforts to dominate, defeat, overwhelm, destroy, coerce, . . . A tiny candle can overcome darkness by gently giving light out into the empty darkness. A child can overcome evil by giving love gently, simply and without computing the benefits. People who seek to overcome evil through efforts to dominate, defeat, overwhelm, destroy, coerce . . . . are people who thereby engender more and more alienation which is the essence of evil. They are blind and/or walk in the darkness of the alienation which they engender. They lack LOVE --- and need to acknowledge that what they lack is LOVE. They cannot recognize LOVE and the power of LOVE because they lack LOVE. They seek to substitute dominance for what they lack --- and in the darkness cannot see how futile dominance is. Yet they fear the light of LOVE --- because it would reveal the futility of collusive games of mutual self-deception --- which are essential to the appearance of the propriety of dominance. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================