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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.} ========================================================== %COMPULSIVE FRAGMENTATION DIVISION SPLITTERS SIN+980626 %CHRISTIAN JEW ROMAN GREEK PAGAN POLYTHEIST GODS+980626 %ESTRANGEMENT ALIENATION EXCOMMUNICATION DEVILS+980626 %QUESTION INTEGRITY HONESTY DEMONS FEARS FAILURE 980626 The history of religious people has included seemingly endless efforts by them to define themselves as "other" than and "purer" and "better" than "others" who do not conform to some set of expectations, rules, laws, traditions, rituals, etc. "Belonging" has often been defined in exclusive terms; rather than in inclusive terms. The more "faithful" religious people have been ---the more prone they have been to be exclusive in making claims that they are the most favored people of an exclusive God who does not tolerate human creativity, differences, diversity and non-conformity. Such exclusive extremists have defended their gods in ways which reveal that they do not know that true security entails the free giving and accepting of gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable---within intimate relationships which are open, honest and inclusive. As people learn how to truly exchange gifts of security --- they come to be free of compulsive dispositions to question each other's integrity, honesty and motives. When they have been liberated from such compulsive dispositions they are free of desires to split- off, divide, alienate, estrange and/or demonize --- those other people whom they do not know or understand. They are no longer dominated by fear, uncertainty, anxiety and collusive games of mutual self-deception --- which undermine any possibility of them enjoying personal and communal integrity. Religious people who compulsively go to alienative extremes in trying to prove to themselves and others that they are more "faithful", "purer" and "better" than some other group of people --- are often much like the "others" who are trying to do the same thing --- because they are all dominated by fear, uncertainty, anxiety and collusive games of mutual self-deception. They are exclusive and alienated --- because they are not balanced in inclusive ways which facilitate healthy personal relationships which are open, honest, integrative; and so truly secure. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================