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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.} ========================================================== %TERRIBLE TRAGIC SINS TRESPASS ALIENATION EVILS+980910 %ARROGANT SELF RIGHTEOUS VIOLENCE VULNERABILITY 980910 It is a terrible and tragic occasion when people who are alienated, self-righteous and arrogant---presume to act in the name of God and in the name of God's most loving prophets --- and do violence to people who are utterly vulnerable and without defense. It is a terrible and tragic violence to presume the guilt of people who are merely suspected of having done something which is presumably "wrong", "immoral", "evil", "sinful", or "illegal" --- until the suspected persons prove themselves to be innocent --- through appropriate self-righteous protestations and/or "evidence". It is a terrible and tragic violence to reject, eject, banish, shame, excommunicate, condemn, or kill someone who has gently sought to be true to self and others in creative ways --- and to seek to justify such alienative actions on the grounds that there was inadequate conformity on the part of the sacrificed lamb. It is a terrible and tragic thing to regard self as better than others --- who seek to be true to self and others in creative ways which call into question self's own self-righteousness, arrogance, collusions, pretentiousness, and dishonesty. These terrible behaviors undermine personal and communal integrity in far more tragic ways --- than do the behaviors of many of the people who are chosen to serve as sacrificial lambs --- upon which the self-righteous and arrogant judges dump their own pretentious sins. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================