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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.} ========================================================== %AVOID DESCRIPTION ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT EVIL SIN+980624 %ARROGANCE SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS TECHNOCRACY VALUES+980624 %IDEALS IDEAS CONFLICT RESOLUTION RECONCILIATION+980624 %PROBLEMS DILEMMAS TRAGEDIES ROOTS ADDICTIONS BLIND 980624 The pervasiveness and persistence of disintegrative conflicts and violence is often rooted in contentious people's refusals to deal openly and honestly with the descriptions of the costs to all of the following: ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT ARROGANCE VIOLENCE EVIL SIN TECHNOCRACY CONFLICTS DILEMMAS TRAGEDIES ADDICTIONS BLINDNESS DEAFNESS IGNORANCE CONFUSION ARROGANCE COLLUSIONS DECEPTION DISHONESTY SECRECY When technocrats of various kinds use techniques which entail costs of the above aspects of many human relationships --- personal and communal integrity decay. Technocrats are preoccupied with the use of manipulative techniques --- in the defense and alienative service of ideals, values and goals. The ideals, values and goals of technocrats are of diverse kinds: ENGINEERING SCIENTIFIC RELIGIOUS SEXUAL SCHOLARLY POLITICAL BUSINESS CULTURAL THEOLOGICAL PROFESSIONAL SPIRITUAL ECONOMIC NATIONAL TRIBAL TERRITORIAL SELFISH Idealists often play collusive games of mutual self- deception; games which systematically ignore the costs of the alienation, estrangement, excommunications, banishments, and isolation which they engender. They pretend that some ideals, values and goals are worthy of unlimited respect, support and worship --- regardless of the costs in alienation, estrangement, excommunications, banishments and isolation which are engendered through the idolatrous worship of them. Descriptions of such costs are taboo and/or are ignored. The people who honestly offer descriptions of the human costs which they perceive--- are prophets of integrity, but such honest prophets are often crucified by technocratic idealists who are playing addictive/collusive games of mutual self- deception. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================