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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.} ========================================================== %SHIFTING FOCUS ATTENTION DOMINATION SYSTEM DEVILS+000910 %TRANSCEND ESCAPE DOUBLE BIND PRISON COLLUSION SIN+000910 %FRIEND LOYAL ENEMY TRAITOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION+000910 %IDEAS IDEALS VALUES PRINCIPLES WINNER LOSER GOODS+000910 %GRANT HONOR RESPECT SUPPORT SELECTION AUTHORITY+000910 %DEFENSIVE FEAR SECURITY ALIENATION VULNERABILITY 000910 In order to transcend, understand, and subvert "The Domination System" and its supporters we need to: 1. Shift attention away from issues related to who is good and who is evil. 2. Shift attention away from who is dominant and who is subservient; who is "winning" and who is"losing". 3. Shift attention away from who is "friend/loyal" and who is "enemy/traitor". 4. Seek to resolve conflicts between/among ideas, ideals, values, principles, and people --- without winners becoming winners at the expense of losers. 5. Decline to grant honor, respect and support to domineering people who seek to acquire/exercise power at the expense of losers; e.g., at the expense of vulnerable people who have less: power, respect, honor, status, money, posessions, goods, knowledge, friends, connections, influence, etc. 6. Decline to view security as having to do with being invulnerable by virtue of accomplishments achieved by self and trusted friends --- rather than as having to do with being free to be safely vulnerable with friends and "enemies" in efforts to resolve conflicts non- violently, cooperatively, and to everyone's advantage. We cannot shift attention away from negative factors by harping on negative consequences such as alienation, ignorance, prejudice, bias, etc. We need to focus upon positive ways of focusing attention, honor, respect, and support --- and be ready to point to the advantages in doing so in terms of: reconciliation, education, justice, mercy, humility, conflict-resolution, power-sharing, peace, shalom, healing, creativity, etc. We need to be wise as serpents and also become aware of, recognize, name, describe, and beware of domineering people who want to keep our attention focused narrowly and exclusively upon their favorite conflicts, contentions, issues, battles, and causes --- where they know how to play the dominant roles to their own selfish advantage. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================