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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.} ========================================================== %ETHICS MORALITY LEGAL CODES LAWS RELATIONSHIP FAIL+980610 %ACCEPTANCE TOLERANCE REJECTION ALIENATION ESTRANGE+980610 %EXCOMMUNICATION OPEN HONEST DIALOGUE MISTAKE LEARN 980610 People often focus much attention upon ethical/moral prescriptions/proscriptions which say how people should behave in various situations. Some people prefer to deal in absolutes and unconditional commandments. Others prefer to deal with proper behavior which depends upon situations, contexts and existential circumstances. In either case there usually remain some unanswered questions which might receive additional attention. How should defenders of the ethical/moral prescriptions and/or proscriptions respond when people within their community fail to behave as they should because of: 1. Disability? 2. Ignorance? 3. Confusion? 4. Prejudice? 5. Deprivation? 6. Conflicting Ideals? 7. Conflicting Values? 8. Conflicting Principles? 9. Conflicting Loyalties? 10. Conflicting Beliefs? Usually ethical/moral systems point the finger away from the creators and/or defenders of the systems; and make few demands upon the creators and/or defenders in regards to how those who fail to conform should be treated. The inevitable result is the engendering of alienation between the creators/defenders --- and those people who are judged to have failed to conform. It should be noted that alienation is the essence of all that is evil. Is the alienation which is commonly engendered by the creation and defense of ethical and/or moral codes --- the kind of outcome which is in appropriate to such creations and defense? By their fruits we shall recognize each kind of effort ---and know how to regard each kind of effort with the guidance of the wise council of Love and Holy Spirit. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================