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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.} ========================================================== %MOURNING DEATH ILLUSION COLLUSION FOND HOPES LOSS+001109 %FAILURE FALL LOSS LOSE ESCAPE DISOBEDIENCE REBEL+001109 %TRUE HONESTY DECEPTION APPEARANCES ESCAPE PRISONS+001109 %TRANSCEND SUBVERT DOMINATION SYSTEMS TECHNOCRACIES 001109 It is hare to deal with of a dear friend, loved one, and/or relationship. Mourning a death entails coming to terms with truths which one does not want to acknowledge and deal with. True grief is often hard come by. Illusions and collusions often seem the better choice --- at least in the short-term; which tragically often become the long-term trap/prison. Short-term denials often become frozen-in-place long-term-denials; collusions. The tragic patterns which follow the death of a friend, lover, and/or relationship --- also follow the death of a hope, expectation, illusion or collusion which dies in the face of an avalanche of experiences and evidence that an apparent integrity can no longer be sustained within any coherent community of integrity: Loss of a job or career opportunity. Loss of a "big sales opportunity". Loss of a political or religious election. The failure of a major technical endeavor. The explosion of a major space-launch rocket. The crash of an airplane full of passengers. The loss of a house through a fire/explosion. Failure to pass a major test. The death of the man-centered universe. The death of the earth-centered universe. The death of the sun-centered universe. The death of the scripture-centered universe. We will be unlikely to be well and do well so long as we fail to acknowledge and mourn the deaths of our hopes, expectations, illusions, collusions --- as well as the deaths of our friends, lovers and relationships. To be healthy and enjoy personal and communal integrity we need to acknowledge them all and truly mourn them all. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================