This-essay is a9906091.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 ========================================================== %SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS ARROGANCE DISOBEDIENCE OBEY GOD+990609 %CREATIVE LOVE DEADLY CONFORMITY REBELLION LEGALITY+990609 %DISHONESTY PRETENTIOUS SUPERIORITY EXCLUSIVITY SIN 990609 Personal and communal integrity are threatened and decay --- when we are confused about the web of manifestations of sin and evil. Often people have regarded disobedience as the primary sin --- and have seen other sins and forms of evil as flowing from disobedience. People have pointed to Adam and Eve disobeying God and being thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Usually little has been made of the possible symbolism of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and of WHAT WAS FORBIDDEN in the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Consider that eating of the fruit leads to self-righteousness and alienation with the pretense that others are inherently inferior to self. The significance of non-conformity/disobedience depends much upon what has motivated the non-conformity: 1. Arrogant self-righteousness with the pretense that no power can transcend self? 2. Ignorance of what is expected, required and proper. 3. An effort to transcend: unimaginative, deadly, boring, unsympathetic, coercive, and/or unloving enslavement to legalistic laws, demands, and/or expectations? 4. Gracious moves to interpret laws, expectations and commandments in integrative and loving ways? 5. Responding appropriately to unique individuals, relationships and situations --- which transcend the possible scope of articulated laws, commandments and regulations? 6. Desires to transcend traditional conflicts, contentiousness and prejudices --- where the desires are expressed in creative ways which go beyond living slavishly according to the laws and expectations of traditional communities? The web of manifestations of sin and evil involve many inter-connecting threads which form an alienative pattern that entails self-righteousness, arrogance, pretentiousness, prejudice, coercion, violence, and preoccupations with issues of control. Usually the pieces of the web are not connected linearly --- as a single strand in a cause-and-effect pattern through space-time. We cannot helpfully identify a unique beginning, middle or end. Anyone who truly seeks to find examples of the above manifestations of tragic patterns of sin and evil --- can readily find them in ancient myths, stories, scriptures, parables, fables, novels, operas and their neighborhoods. People who are not truly seeking to find examples of the above will easily succeed in not finding them --- or if they should stumble into them, fail to recognize what they are. (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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