This-essay is a9911111.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 ========================================================== %UNHEALTHY DISINTEGRATIVE DYSFUNCTIONAL KINDS FEARS 991111 Various kinds of fears are healthy and/or unhealthy in varying degrees. Examples are given below of fears which are clearly healthy, and of fears which are clearly unhealthy; e.g., Healthy Fears of: 1. Pain on hitting your thumb-nail with a hammer. 2. Crashing by driving a car when sleepy. 3. Crashing by driving a car when drunk. 4. A tornado headed right towards you. 5. An attacking lion which is enraged. 6. An electric shock if a "hot" wire is touched. 7. Contracting venereal disease through casual sex. 8. Getting pregnant through casual sex. 9. Getting involved with an addictive sex partner. 10. Manipulative/addictive religious leadership. Unhealthy Fears of: 1. Excommunication due to creative non-conformity. 2. Rejection for honest/authentic communications. 3. Banishment for being authentically yourself. 4. Condemnation for exposing a collusive game. 5. Punishment without due process being granted. 6. Taboo thoughts, desires, dreams or visions. 7. Unconventional revelations and perceptions. 8. Growth, change, creativity, liberation, etc. 9. Uncertainty, doubts, tolerance, love or grace. 10. Liberation, freedom, reconciliation, intimacy. The examples of healthy fears listed above pertain to fears of consequences which follow naturally from imprudent decisions --- to a large degree in ways which do not depend upon people's decisions to "punish" the imprudent decisions. Natural consequences are very likely to demonstrate that the decisions were imprudent. Even when there is positive support from other people for the imprudent decisions --- the outcomes of the affirmed decisions are unlikely to be positive. The examples of unhealthy fears listed above pertain to fears of consequences which follow due to dysfunctional human decisions to "punish" the "imprudent" decisions. That which is feared would not follow in the absence of dysfunctional human decisions to "punish" the "imprudent" decisions and actions. The "punishment" is not natural in origin; it is both human and inhumane in origin. Such "punishment" does not merit our respect, tolerance, affirmations, or support --- for the "punishment" in most cases entails one or more of the following: 1. Manipulations/coercions/controls which depend upon alienative combinations of --- shaming, guilting, condemnations, imprisonments, rejections, banishments, exclusions and/or violence. 2. Impositions of distinctions between "good" people and "evil" people; "saved" and "dammed" people. 3. The empowerment of people who are arrogant and/or self-righteous. 4. Preoccupations with issues of control and the use/abuse of technologies through which to appear to be in control. 5. The playing of collusive games of mutual self deception on the part of the dominant and/or the victimized people --- sometimes in ways which are perversely coordinated in regards to assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, and convictions. 6. The pretense that mortals can control many realities which are beyond control by mortals. 7. The pretense that mortals can reliably know God's will, intentions, motivations, thoughts, concerns, ways, and means. 8. The assumption that articulations of important truths are eternal and unchanging --- and that the most important truths were articulated most reliably in the distant past --- at times and places about which we have relatively little objective evidence. 9. The belief that ancient people were seeking to achieve the same purposes in their articulations as we are seeking to achieve in our articulations today --- while we are within quite different: cultural, scientific, political, religious, and technological contexts. 10. That dominant leaders are more worthy of trust and respect than are leaders who are humble, gentle, open, honest and meek. (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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