This-essay is a9906073.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 ========================================================== %NATURAL INSTINCT HUMAN TENDENCY GOOD FALL EVIL SIN 990607 Some people are inherently pessimistic; believing that the natural human tendency is to do evil, wrong, sin. Other people are inherently optimistic; believing that the natural human tendency is to do good, right, and work for reconciliation. Each kind of person falls into error in being exclusive --- in over generalizing. In thinking that their perspective is correct to the exclusion of complementary perspectives they exclude from their consciousness those perspectives which offer balance to their own perspectives. People who are inherently pessimistic --- encourage other people to be and do less than they might. Pessimists engage in self-fulfilling prophesy; and upon the successful fulfillment of their prophesy they feel vindicated. Pessimists often feel that all people need the discipline of many commandments, rules, regulations, laws, prohibitions, prescriptions, and proscriptions. It is not safe to trust people to be and do what comes naturally. It is essential that people always be under the control of good conformal expectations and demands --- which transcend individual experiences, desires, hopes and aspirations. Optimists often feel that all people need to be free of all disciplines, commandments, rules, regulations, laws, prohibitions, prescriptions, and proscriptions. It is always safe to trust people to be and do what comes naturally. People should never be under the control of conformal expectations and demands ---which are imposed from outside --- upon individuals regardless of their experiences, desires, hopes and aspirations. When pessimists go to extremes they give grounds for optimists to go to opposite extremes; and vice versa. Yet by going to extremes all they undermine the possibilities of open and honest dialogue with their complementary others --- whose truths seem to be nonsense because the truths in question are paradoxical truths. Similarly when optimists go to extremes in their own affirmations. Is it human nature to go to extremes --- and to deny paradoxical truths which are complementary to one's own favorite/selected truths? If so, what rules can keep people from making fools of themselves --- in going to disintegrative extremes? Or, are their better ways to avoid being foolish in complementary ways? (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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