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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.} ========================================================== %BEING WELL ALIENATED GOOD INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE SINNER+020213 %FOCUS FACILITATE PROMOTE RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS ALL+020213 %DISEASE CONCILIATE SICKNESS DISINTEGRATE ARROGANT+020213 %ISOLATED ALIENATED SELFRIGHTEOUS CONFUSED TOGETHER+020213 %PLAYING COLLUSIVE GAMES MUTUAL SELF DECEPTION EVIL+020213 %EXCLUSIVE SUPERIORITY REJECTION EXCOMMUNICATE GOD 020213 We will be well and do well when we focus upon facilitating and promoting RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS all around --- rather than focus upon our own righteousness; or upon others' lack of righteousness --- as isolated individuals as such. We cannot successfully make/force/coerce others into RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS --- as a means by which to insure our own righteousness; nor as a means to insure their righteousness --- as isolated individuals as such. We cannot successfully threaten/punish others by means of RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS --- as a means by which to insure that they behave rightly --- so that they will be righteous in our own eyes. Excommunication is not a right tool to be used in promoting any kind of RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS or any meaningful righteousness of individuals --- as alienated individuals as such. Excommunications lead to our own alienations --- as much as to other people's alienations. Excommunications are always mutual in nature; leading to EVIL RELATIONSHIPS; i.e., to the condition of BEING IN SIN. We ARE IN SIN; i.e., NOT IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS --- if we gain a pleasure or a sense of superiority in perceiving others as NOT-RIGHTEOUS-INDIVIDUALS; as INDIVIDUALIZED SINNERS and/or EVIL PEOPLE; for such pleasure/arrogance is a clear sign of our being in a condition of alienation from those whom we LOOK DOWN UPON; from our FALSE SENSE OF BEING IN HEAVEN. Arrogance and self-righteousness are signs of the inadequacy of OUR RELATIONSHIPS OF ALIENATION --- not the proof of our inadequacy as individuals, apart from HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. Apart from HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS we cannot know much about individuals as such, and so are not qualified to make judgements about individuals as such. Alienated, arrogant and self-righteous individuals are not qualified to make judgements about how good, saved, superior, or inferior each self or other individual is. Neither are such isolated individuals qualified to prescribe what others must do to achieve any true kind of RIGHTEOUSNESS or state of being fulfilled in RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS. BEING ALIENATED from others undermines possibilities of being qualified to make reliable judgements about others; or about self in comparison to others from whom one is alienated. When we are alienated from others, we cannot make ourselves or others BE GOOD; we cannot achieve the knowledge of who is good and who is evil --- for such knowledge is outside the reach of people who are in the state of BEING ALIENATED; and the more they reach for such knowledge, the farther it becomes beyond their reach. When we are not in RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS we are tied in knots of not-knowing ourselves or others in any RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS. We cannot untie our GORDIAN KNOTS from the inside, because we fear the discovery of what is outside of our warm collusive games of mutual self deception. We cannot see-ourselves-as-others-see-us; & deceive ourselves that we can see our selves as better-than-others-see-us. Such dishonest seeing ties us up into up-tight GORDIAN KNOTS of insecure defensive individuals who do not know each other in shared holy/sacred/true sanctuaries of LOVERS; built together in ways which are truly cooperative/civil in Love's ways. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================