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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.} ========================================================== %REFLEXIVE KNOWLEDGE SELF OTHER GOOD EVIL GOD SINS+980718 %SCIENCE PHILOSOPHY RELIGION THEOLOGY MORALITY+980718 %TRUTH UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE HEISENBERG COMPLEMENT+980718 %IDEALS IDEAS VALUES ULTIMATE CONCERNS CONFLICTS+980718 %BETTER SUPERIOR WINNER COMPETITION ARROGANCE FAIL 980718 Our human knowledge of: self/other, good/evil, success/failure, future/past, beginnings/endings, values and ideals --- always entails in the final analysis a significant level of reflexivity; since such knowledge reflect back upon our selves and each significant other. Our efforts to transcend our own limitations, doubts, uncertainties, ignorance, prejudice, confusion, insecurity, etc. --- are reflexive efforts in the final analysis. Our efforts to faithfully interpret: scripture, laws, injunctions, descriptions, predictions, judgments, tragedies, catastrophes, etc. --- are reflexive efforts in the final analysis. Our efforts to transcend the limitations of our reflexivity --- are reflexive. Our collusive games of mutual self deception regarding our certainty and absolute/ultimate truths --- continue to be reflexive in nature---no matter how hard we try to pretend otherwise. Our relationships with other people entail our participation in and dependence upon those relationships --- and so are reflexive relationships. When we seek to be "better" than other "inferior" people --- we are being reflexive in ways which usually lead to personal and communal disintegration. When we seek to be "better" than others by focusing upon "objective", "absolute", "godly", "perfect" and "certain" truths --- we are demonstrating our insecurity, fears, doubts, and defensive inclinations --- which are reflexive. When we pretend that we are not being reflexive; we are being dishonestly reflexive. It is hard to achieve humility and to participate righteously in right relationships --- when we are seeking to be "better" than others in so doing. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================