This-essay is a9905281.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 ========================================================== %ABSENCE COMMITMENT BALANCED COMPLEMENTARY IDEALS+990528 %VALUES PRINCIPLES PERVERSION LOYALTY FRIENDSHIPS+990528 %FAITH HOPE LOVE GOODNESS EVIL ALIENATION ESTRANGE 990528 In the absence of commitments to balanced sets of ideals, values and principles --- extreme loyalties to friends, families, tribes, cities, states, nations, and other exclusive preoccupations --- often lead to tragic perversions of faith, hope, love and goodness. Unbalanced loyalties lead to: exclusivities, dishonesty, coercion, collusions, violence, terrorism, tragedies, and so toward the disintegration of both persons and their communities. In the absence of complementary values, ideals and principles --- otherwise very good values, ideals, and principles are perverted through exclusive service focused upon an incomplete set of values, ideals and principles. Such exclusive service is idolatrous in that good values, ideals, and principles are worshipped as false goods/gods. Dishonesty is central to exclusive/collusive worship of them. Often what is most important is not to be recognized in what is present, but rather in what is regularly absent because of exclusive dedications to what is present. Idolaters' exclusive dedications to false gods --- lead them to systematically exclude any consideration of complementary ideals, values, principles, persons, incarnations, and embodiments of much that merits respect, honor and support --- and so leads them to be agents of personal and communal disintegration. Beware of leaders to are unbalanced because of their exclusive preoccupations with an incomplete set of ideals, values, principles and role models. Such unbalanced leaders lead in tragically disintegrative ways, not in integrative ways. They offer false goods in collusive ways which are idolatrous through exclusivity. (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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