This-essay is a9907291.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 ========================================================== %DEFENSIBLE RATIONALIZATION BEHAVIOR PRIORITY GOD 990729 People have defended virtually all kinds of human behavior with a large variety of "facts" and "reasons". In this sense virtually all kinds of human behavior are "defensible"; i.e., people have been able to come up with defenses for all kinds of human behaviors. This fact is not evidence that all kinds of human behavior can reasonably be regarded as prudent, wise, or worthy of respect --- in comparison to other options which might have been chosen in the given circumstances. It is more helpful to consider a spectrum of alternative possible behaviors --- than to ask if each isolated behavior is/was defensible. It is more helpful to consider and talk about spectrums of possibilities --- than to ask either/or dichotomous questions about controversial behaviors. It is more helpful to compare the actual/likely levels/kinds of integration/disintegration among alternative behaviors --- than to debate either/or judgments regarding good/evil, right/wrong, and other dichotomous assertions. It is more helpful to work to promote both personal and communal integrity --- than to work to correctly sort people to in two groups, good-people and evil-people --- including including people into good-sorters and evil- sorters. Which people are more worthy of our respect and support: ------- Those CONFORMAL people who are trying to qualify for list of prescriptions, commandments and laws; avoiding all appearances of violating proscriptions and prohibitions. being classified as "good" because they CONFORM to some or Those CREATIVE people who are seeking to promote and facilitate personal and communal integrity in CREATIVE new ways motivated by Love? _________ Those HUMBLE people who give little thought to who is good and who is evil --- as they go about their efforts to promote and facilitate open and honest dialogue through free gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable. or Those ARROGANT and SELF-RIGHTEOUS people who give much thought to issues of control, good/evil, right/wrong, best/worst, appearances, and justification. _________ Much depends upon how we focus our lives and the lives of our neighbors. We need to consider our realistic alternatives and to set our priorities so that we focus our lives in ways which best promote personal and communal integrity --- compared to the many other alternatives which are open to us in our particular circumstances. (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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