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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.} ========================================================== %EXPLOSIVE MIXTURE IDEALS VALUES PRINCIPLES SCRIPT+980722 %EXCLUSIVE ARROGANCE SELF RIGHTEOUS CONFLICT EVILS 980722 In chemistry it is recognized that certain combinations of ingredients are dangerous --- because they are explosive and a small incident can set off the mixture in a destructive explosion. In human relationships there are certain combinations of ingredients which are dangerous --- because they too can lead to explosions of contentiousness, coercion, violence, and alienation. The probability of such explosions occurring are increased by the presence of: ARROGANCE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCLUSIVITY IGNORANCE PREJUDICE CONFUSION DISHONESTY PERFECTIONISM JUDGMENTALISM COLLUSIONS DICHOTOMOUS-THINKING LEGALISM In chemistry some otherwise dangerous situations are mitigated by the presence of a damper; sometimes water. The risks of fire are often greatly reduced by the presence of water --- but not always. Hydrogen and chlorine gas are far less likely to explode in the total absence of water molecules than in the presence of traces of water --- which acts as a catalyst. Thus it is not only what is present, but also what is absent which can be of critical importance in determining how dangerous a situation is. In human relationships situations can be dangerous because of the absence of respect and support for: LOVE CONFLICT-RESOLUTION PEACEMAKERS TOLERANCE BALANCE HONESTY RECONCILIATION FORGIVENESS PATIENCE LISTENING DESCRIPTIONS CREATIVITY People who are "single-minded" and have agendas which focus only on some one exclusive preoccupation --- are likely to contribute to the making of dangerous situations. We should be cautious in choosing them to be leaders entrusted with much power. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================