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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %EXCOMMUNICATION REFUSAL LISTEN DIALOGUE OTHER SIN+000715 %BLOCKED LEARNING UNDERSTANDING COOPERATION DEVILS+000715 %FAILURE FRIENDSHIP INTIMACY KNOWLEDGE TOGETHER 000715 Excommunication can take many forms. In some forms the essence of excommunication is a refusal on the part of an excommunicator to listen to, be in dialogue with or otherwise get to know some other person(s). The excommunication in such instances may be tacit; rather than overt. The excommunicator cuts self off from others; but may deceive self into thinking that it is the other person(s) who is/are the victim(s) of excommunication. A group of people may refuse to listen to, be in dialogue with or otherwise get to know some other person(s) --- and play a collusive game of mutual self deception according to which they think that it is only other(s) have been made victim; when in fact the excommunicating group itself may be the primary victim of its own act(s) of excommunication. In instances of excommunication the initiator(s) of excommunication fall(s) victim --- as much as the intended target(s). "Things" are not as simple and in keeping with intentions as the initiator(s) hoped, think, and/or perceive "things" to be. Excommunications engender both personal and communal disintegration because of the alienation, estrangement, separations, misunderstandings, ignorance, confusion, prejudices, and evil relationships which are engendered. The fruits of excommunications are tragically bitter, but the initiators often know not what they do --- because of the collusive games of mutual self deception which they play. They cannot learn from their mistakes, and so repeat their mistakes over and over in a tragic cycle. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================