This-essay is a9905051.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %AUTHORITARIAN CONTROLLERS RELIGIOUS LEADERS SCRIBE+990505 %INSPIRATION REVELATION PERCEPTION EXPERIENCE EVIL+990505 %EXPERIMENTAL EXISTENTIAL EXPERIENCED WISDOM GOOD 990505 Some religious leaders are preoccupied with ancient scriptures, commandments, and authorities --- to the exclusion of giving due consideration to modern inspirations, revelations, perceptions, experiences, experiments, and existential communal experiences. Such religious leaders do not trust Holy Spirit to lead creative modern people or communities in proper new ways which will renew traditions which have lost touch with human needs, hopes, aspirations, and desires. God had wonderful powers to do great things in the past --- but now God is old and no longer has such wonderful powers! Now God must rely upon religious leaders who are preoccupied with issues of control and who pretend that God has appointed them to do what God can no longer do in his old age. We will do well to note that particular people's powers to be in control are facilitated through the concentration of power into a very few considerations over which such few people have great influence. If they have power to influence the interpretations of scriptures, they are likely to seek to concentrate power in scriptures over which they have influence regarding interpretation. If they have power to influence how peasants see their world, such people are likely to seek to concentrate power in peasant uprisings. If they have power over the military establishments of the nation, such people are likely to seek to concentrate power in the leadership of the military forces. In each case such people are prone to try to exclude from consideration whatever there is which might deny to themselves exclusive consideration. Balance is their enemy! What are the real motivations of religious leaders of the kind suggested above? Why are such leaders so unbalanced? Why do they fail to talk much about balance, communal integrity; and about personal: integrity, needs, experiences, perceptions, hopes, inspirations, creativity, innovations, renewal, growth, AND healing. Might such religious leaders be sick, dis-eased, insecure, defensive, unbalanced, and out of touch with people and God? They often behave in the manner of people who are addicted to various "fixes" --- and who are dependent upon codependent supporters who rescue them from the consequences of their dysfunctional patterns of: assumptions, attitudes, perceptions, thinking and behaviors. They often play collusive games of mutual self deception and gather around themselves followers who seek to achieve their salvation under such leadership. They and their followers cannot see or know what they are doing --- for such seeing and knowledge is taboo to participants in their collusive games of mutual self deception. Beware of such religious leaders --- especially when they are wealthy, respected, honored, and/or politically powerful! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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