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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.} ========================================================== %EXCLUSIVE RELIGIOUS LEADERS LACK INTEGRITY PRIDE+980721 %ESSENCE ROOTS DEVIL SINS ALIENATION PEACE PRIDE+980721 %CONFLICT RESOLUTION VIOLENCE CONTROL DISCIPLINE+980721 %CONFORMITY INSECURITY DEFENSIVE CONTENTIOUS FAIL 980721 Religious leaders who claim to be disciples of one very special person --- lack integrity and undermine both personal and communal integrity when they are very proud of: 1. What separates them. 2. What makes them better than each than other. 3. Their arrogance and self-righteousness. 4. How contentious they are. 5. Their preoccupations with issues of control. 6. How skillfully they identify human imperfections. 7. Their own special forms of human perfection. 8. Their willingness to make costly sacrifices. 9. Their forms technological superiority. 10. How firmly they are grounded in the past. Such leaders regard peacemakers and facilitators of conflict resolution and integration --- as traitors to their causes; and so as unworthy of respect, honor and support. Such leaders regard exclusivity and alienation as signs of being faithful to their special calling --- to be righteous through purity, discipline and conformity. We will do well and be well when we recognize, name, describe and talk about the essence of sin and evil --- formal in disintegrative values, ideals, and principles which engender exclusivity and alienation through the exclusive works of such tragic leaders. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================