This-essay is a9911092.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 ========================================================== %PRESBYNET ESSENTIAL ALLEGORY SYMBOLISM PARABLE+991109 %FABLE MYTH COSMOLOGY SPACESHIP EARTH ECOLOGICAL+991109 %REVERENCE CONTROL TRANSCENDENT REALITIES VERBALLY+991109 %DEFINED THINKING INSIDE BOXES POINTERS ATTENTION+991109 %LACK CONCENTRATED POWER OWN SHARE EXPERIENCES LOVE+991109 %BEINGS STILL RERLAXED PRAYER SUBVERT DOMINATION 991109 The above are essential ways of pointing to realities which are foundations for integrative cooperation. Such realities cannot be defined or verbally manipulated by mortals. The realities cannot be controlled. It is futile to try to be in control of the realities --- yet people do try to be in control of the realities by trying to verbally define and/or manipulate the realities. People often treat the above ways of pointing to such uncontrollable realities as if the ways entailed statements which were literally definitive and/or true. When we sense the presence of realities which cannot be defined or verbally manipulated by mortals --- the best we can do is to use the above ways of pointing to them. We do less than our best when we feel threatened by them, each other, and/or our lack of power --- and become preoccupied with issues of control, superiority, and inter-personal comparisons. We do better when we own and share our experiences as our own, rather than as transcendent truths which are certain, absolute, and beyond permissible doubt. Arguments about how best to point to that which is sacred and holy are futile efforts to be in charge. People who respond in integrative ways to whatever is sacred and holy --- are threats to our collusive games of mutual self deception, to our favorite addictions, and to our respected preoccupations with issues of control. We are threatened by the people's mysterious integrity which transcends our efforts to be in control of how good we appear to be. We are threatened by their mysterious was of seeing through our patterns of pretense. We do not want to let go of our pretentious ways of appearing to know who is good and who is evil, who is best and who is least. We cannot cooperate effectively when we are preoccupied with personally getting ahead in any way, with personal salvation, with who is good and who is evil, or with who is best and who is least. Personal integrity, communal integrity, and true security are not fruits of such preoccupations --- no matter how such preoccupations are expressed in words, deeds or technological manipulations. There are times when the best we can do is to be still, relax, pray and point toward whatever we ourselves have experienced as sacred, holy and full of threatening integrity. Then we may be free to cooperate with each other in integrative 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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