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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.} ========================================================== %RATIONALIZE DOMINEERING DOMINATION SYSTEM COSTS+001013 %ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT 001013 Domineering people's ways of supporting "The Domination System" engender high costs in terms of alienation, estrangement, confusion, ignorance, prejudice, etc. How and/or why are such ways rationalized and justified? 1. According to some people's conception of the doctrine of original sin most people are so imperfect that for law and order to survive sinners must be coerced into proper thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. It is the proper role of domineering people to be coercive so as to maintain law and order. Those who are rejected and alienated --- are themselves responsible for their being cast out into the outer darkness. 2. Those people who have worked the hardest and accumulated the most knowledge, wealth and power are the most fit to survive. They have earned the right to protect all the good things which they have created for posterity. Lethargy, indolence, and confusion must not be encouraged with un-earned rewards. 3. The truths which are found throughout scriptures are eternal and coherently true in absolute ways. People who discern signs of a history of evolving understandings of the nature of God --- are agents of the Devil. Such people and the Devil whom they follow will go to hell and burn eternally in Hell! 4. Those who serve most sacrificially have the right to enjoy the collected wealth of the religious orders which they serve. Their vows of poverty should not totally separate them from the nicer things in life which their institutions have collected together. 5. By defining Love and acts of mercy in terms of unilateral actions which are needed to maintain law and order --- rather than in terms of facilitating and promoting open and honest: dialogue, understanding, and cooperation within healthy relationships. 6. By defining righteousness in terms of conformity on the part of individuals --- rather than in terms of the quality of inter-personal relationships and cooperation. 7. By focusing upon proper unilateral rescue, salvation, correction, purification, and sanctification --- rather than upon the foundations for personal and communal integration and integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================