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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.} ========================================================== %RECOGNIZE RESPOND APPROPRIATELY FUNDAMENTALISM+020115 %ALIENATIVE ESTRANGEMENT PERSONAL COMMUNAL HEALTH+020115 %CIVILITY INTEGRITY CIVILIZATION DOMINATION DISEASE+020115 %MARTIN MARTY BETTER BEST SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS LOVE+020115 %SHIELD PROTECT SHAME BLAME GUILT SCAPE GOAT EVIL+020115 %LEARNING ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE SYSTEMIC PROBLEM 020115 1. How can we recognize and respond appropriately to ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISM? We must recognize that not all fundamentalists are inherently alienative-fundamentalists. There are many scholarly works which have focused upon the circumstances in which ALIENATIVE- FUNDAMENTALISM evolves and works in ways which undermine both personal and communal integrities; e.g., by Dr. Martin Marty. 2. How can we avoid making UNFAIR-JUDGEMENTS against NON-ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISM? In addition to the above we need to beware of becoming ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISTS in our efforts to shield ourselves against and BE-BETTER-THAN the ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISTS whom we identify as our enemies. We need to be-aware-of and beware-of self-righteousness, arrogance, alienative-pride, coerciveness, and domination in ourselves, our strategies and our personal/communal structures. 3. How can we SHIELD-AND-PROTECT-INTEGRITIES against threats and attacks of ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISM? We need to recognize tools/techniques/technologies which ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISTS use in their efforts; e.g., alienative forms of: shame, blame; guilt, wilt; commendations, condemnations; rewards, punishments; acceptance, rejection; confusion, diffusion; etc. We need to commit ourselves to the development of shields to protect ourselves and each other against the above tools/techniques/technologies; whether they be physical, psychological, political; structural, personal, communal, professional; religious, secular; pietistic, ritualistic, scientific, realistic, naturalistic, absolutistic, or of any other kind. 4. How can we AVOID-GENERATING-ALIENATION in all of the above efforts? We need to be committed to truly resolving root- conflicts to the benefit of all people and communities --- not just for us and ours. We need to recognize and strengthen the essential foundations of both personal/communal integrities; and avoid becoming engaged/entrapped in thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and patterns-of- behavior which sacrifice such foundations on the alters of "The Domination System" --- which many ALIENATIVE-FUNDAMENTALISTS reverence and worship as their god. We need to shield ourselves against taking-into- ourselves the many: ideas/ideals, images/visions, fears/anxieties, desires/hopes, motive/motivations --- which characterize ALIENATIVE FUNDAMENTALISTS. We must shield ourselves against such infectious agents; as well as recognize them in others. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================