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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.} ========================================================== %GOOD EVIL WINNER LOSER RIGHT WRONG INSIDE OUTSIDE+980710 %DOMINATOR SUBJUGATED VIOLATOR VIOLATED RIGHTEOUS+980710 %SINNER 980710 In the world of dichotomous assumptions, attitudes, thinking and behavior---everything comes in inseparable pairs: You cannot recognize good people in the absence of evil people with whom to compare and contrast the good people. There cannot be winners in the absence of losers. People who are right in their views have no standing; in the absence of people who are shown to be wrong. Insiders in an exclusive group have no respect; unless they are contrasted with outsiders who cannot get inside. Dominant people cannot be "on top"; without there being people who are dominated and are "on the bottom". Violent people cannot fulfill their desire to do violence; without there being people who are violated. The righteous people cannot feel they they are better than others --- in the absence of people who are publicly identified as the sinners who make the righteous people look better by comparison. In the dichotomous world the winners are totally dependent upon the losers --- in ways which the winners cannot possibly admit --- and honesty is unthinkable/impossible. The dichotomous world is maintained by collusive games of mutual self deception which conceal the dependency of the winners upon the losers. In light of the above it is difficult for honest people to develop grounds for respecting and honoring the world of dichotomous assumptions, attitudes, thinking and behavior. People who are trapped in those patterns find it hard to let go of them --- for they fear the unknown world in which smooth rainbows of possibility span the sky. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================