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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.} ========================================================== %BEWARE LIMITED NUMBER CRITERIA DECIDE VISIONS SIN+010414 %DREAMS HOPES ASPIRATIONS THOUGHTS INTENTION DEVIL+010414 %DECISIONS ACTIONS RESPECT HONOR TRUST SUPPORT GOD+010414 %DOMINATION SYSTEM FOCUS NARROW ATTENTION CONCERNS+010414 %COMPLEMENTARY BALANCED DIALOGUE LISTENING LOVERS+010414 %EXCLUSIVE PUNISHMENT EXCOMMUNICATE ALIENATE GOOD 010414 Be aware-of and beware when people insist on the use of only a VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF CRITERIA in deciding whether or not human: visions, dreams, hopes, aspirations, thoughts, intentions, decisions and actions --- merit our respect, honor, trust and support. Domineering people who are in the service of "The Domination System" attempt to exercise full control by focusing our attention upon only a VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF CRITERIA. They try to push out of our consciousness all COMPLEMENTARY CRITERIA which would (if considered) cast revealing light upon how they are threatening and/or undermining both our personal and communal integritites which do merit our respect, honor, trust and support. It is dangerous to let others narrow the range of the focus of our attention; so that we become as exclusive as they are. Personal and communal integrity are impossible when exclusive considerations and people rule, dominate and control our lives. Empowering one set of bullies, dictators, terrorists, addicts, colluders, excluders --- is no better than empowering any opposing set. All such sets of mutually exclusive rulers promote both personal and communal disintegration. Their claims that they are inherently "better" than another set of people that promote mutually exclusive narrow criteria --- are claims which are not worthy of any respect, honor or support. Mutually exclusive criteria and mutually exclusive leaders engender each other --- and undermine both personal and communal integrity through behaviors characterized by: coercion, dishonesty, deception, attacks, violence, exclusivity, arrogance, self-righteousness, collusions, addictions, codependence, isolation, excommunication, deafness, blindness, dis-ease, contentiousness, disagreements, arguments, etc. We need to transcend their NARROW/EXCLUSIVE: criteria, assumptions, cosmologies, mythologies, attitudes, beliefs, assertions, demands, commandments, prescriptions, proscriptions, scriptural-interpretations, relationships, visions, hopes and aspirations. It is not easy to overcome/transcend their ways without becoming like them. Be aware-of and beware-of why this is so. Narrowly focused extremists of all kinds seek to define their particular form of extremism as the essence of "goodness", "righteousness", "Godliness" --- and seek to define any DEPARTURE FROM THEIR FORM OF EXTREMISM as the essence of "evil", "disobedience", "sin". They all tend to agree that conformity is good, and non-conformity is bad. They disagree about the standards for "proper" conformity. Integrative people of integrity recognize and reveal that narrowly focused extremists of all kinds --- exclude from consideration the recognition that goodness, righteousness, and Godliness have to do with the qualities of HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, not with the DEGREES OF CONFORMITY of individual humans to some set of standards for individual human behaviors, thoughts, dreams, visions, perceptions, and ways of understanding each other person who is inherently different --- in some complementary way. Extremists are not content to let natural patterns of cause and effect pass judgement upon how worthy of respect, honor, trust and support --- various relationships are. Extremists feel it is necessary to supplement or supplant God's natural patterns of cause and effect --- with human demands, commandments, laws and punishments --- and they are ready, willing and able to sacrifice personal and communal integrity in inflicting human punishments upon those people who fail to conform "properly". (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================