This-essay is a9911201.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 ========================================================== %CONFORMAL VIRTUE GOODNESS SELF RIGHTEOUS EVIL GOD+991120 %EXPECTATIONS DEMANDS TRADITIONS PRESCRIPTION SINS 991120 The words "conformal virtue" can suggest virtue which is associated with conforming to some set of expectations, demands, prescriptions, traditions, etc. Such "virtue" will often NOT entail creative thinking, integrative desires, authentic dialogue or healthy relationships. Conformal virtue is often sought by people who are trying to get ahead of each other within the framework of some pattern of collusive games of mutual self deception. Conformal virtue is often sought by insecure people who think that security can be achieved through: accomplishments, conformity, appearances, pretension, deception, manipulations, controls, etc. Real virtue does not have to do with conformity in any essential way. True virtue is not engendered by expectations, demands, prescriptions, traditions, accomplishments, conformity, appearances, pretenses, deceptions, manipu- lations or controls. People who are preoccupied with how to be virtuous are not likely to be truly virtuous. Seeking to be virtuous does not lead to being virtuous. People who seek to promote and facilitate both personal and communal integrity --- may be recognized as being truly virtuous. They may not be recognized as being truly virtuous --- even when they are being truly virtuous. True virtue is not dependent upon recognition, honor, praise, or support. True virtue is not an objective reality in the sense of being subject to scientific verification of its reality by measures of its size, amount, extent, etc. (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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