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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.} ========================================================== %ODD EVEN KINDS COMMITMENTS PEOPLE DISTINGUISH SIN+020607 %INDIVIDUALS ISOLATION RIGHTEOUSNESS ALIENATION GOD+020607 %SUPERIOR SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS ARROGANCE DOMINATION+020607 %COOPERATIVE CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIPS DEVILS GOOD 020607 There are ODD and EVEN kinds of commitments which to many people are nearly indistinguishable. Being committed to ODD commitments leads to personal and communal disintegration. Being committed to EVEN commitments leads to personal and communal integration and integrity. What are the essential differences between ODD and EVEN commitments? 1. ODD commitments focus upon individuals in isolation, and upon their: a. Being right in isolation. b. Knowing what is right as isolated individuals. c. Doing what is right in isolation. d. Being able to recognize isolated right(eous) individuals as such in isolation. e. Being superior as isolated individuals --- compared to other isolated individuals. f. Having more power and control; over self and over others, than others have in isolation. g. Being more "successful" than others; i.e., in achieving of proper individual goals. h. Demonstrating more independence than others. i. Achieving great things without others' help. j. Being more self-assured than others; i.e., having greater self-esteem & self-confidence. 2. EVEN commitments focus upon building cooperative relationships between/among people and groups: a. Participating in cooperative communal endeavors. b. Knowing each other through open and honest civil/gracious dialogue. c. Cooperating rightly with each unique other person with grace and civility. d. Being able to recognize, facilitate and honor integrative relationships. e. Through open, honest and gracious dialogue which is well balanced in healthy ways. f. Sharing power, influence, wealth, information and feelings --- in open and honest ways. g. Helping others in ways which facilitate civility in all communications and receptions. h. Demonstrating increasing levels of cooperation through gracious dialogue. i. Facilitating civility and civilization when others need help in being civil/civilized. j. Facilitating the development of healthy: self-esteem, self-confidence & self-assurance. It is ODD commitments which lead ODD people to undermine integrative relationships which they fear --- because integrative relationships reveal how ODD it is that they so often fail to facilitate that which they say that they are committed to achieving, facilitating, and/or promoting. It is EVEN commitments which lead balanced people to facilitate integrative relationships which they seek to build --- because they yearn for, respect, honor and work on building cooperative/integrative relationships which yield sweet fruits that are distributed evenly among all who are in need of them. It is ODD commitments which lead ODD people into being domineering supporters of "The Domination System". It is such ODD people who cannot let go of trying to be "better","more-in-control" and "good". It is EVEN commitments which lead balanced people to be free to participate creatively --- in cooperative work endeavors with complementary other people --- who are free to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue --- about who they are as unique people in Love. Together they build sanctuary communities within which all different kinds of: cooperation, creativity, sharing, acceptance and inclusivity are demonstrated. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================