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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.} ========================================================== %IMPORTANT HUMAN EXPERIENCES ALIENATION EVIL SINS+981004 %TRANSCENDENT LAWS RULES PROHIBITIONS PRESCRIPTION+981004 %IMPORTANT PRIORITIES ISSUES OF CONTROL POWER FAIL 981004 When people regard human experiences as unimportant in comparison to "transcendent" laws, rules, prohibitions, prescriptions, commandments, scriptures, and confessional statements --- people are sure to become alienated from each other. The essence of sin and evil is alienation. Denigrating the importance of people's experiences leads to alienation, evil and sin. If people think that each other's experiences are not important, they are likely to lose touch with the reality of human experiences, and likely to lose touch with each other; to become alienated from each other, and to become preoccupied with issues of control relative to "transcendent" considerations. It is particularly dangerous to respect and honor people who are preoccupied with issues of control --- when they denigrate people's experiences of alienation, estrangement, resentment and anger --- especially when those experiences flow from the leadership of people who are preoccupied with issues of control. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! When powerful people repress people's awareness of the consequences of the behaviors of the powerful people --- there is total corruption! If we are to enjoy both personal and communal integrity we must pay proper respect and honor to our own and to each other's personal experiences. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================