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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.} ========================================================== %PROTECT SELF OTHER EXPOSURE ULTIMATE CONCERN POWER+020709 %DOMINATION SYSTEM UNQUESTIONABLY CONTROL ORDER LAW+020709 %TABOO EXCOMMUNICATION BANISHMENT REJECTION INCLUDE+020709 %EXTREMISTS TERRORISTS IMPOTENT AFFIRMATION HONESTY+020709 %SACRIFICE OPENNESS HONESTY AUTHENTICITY INTIMACY+020709 %COMMUNAL INTEGRITIES CREATIVITY NOVELTY INITIATIVE 020709 Suppose that there is a system of powers that works to protect itself from exposure as the ultimate concern --- the concentration of power to dominate; to be unquestionably in control. Then any question/affirmation which suggested the nature of the "The Domination System" would be ultimately out of order; TABOO!! Such an operative system of powers would be willing to go to any extreme, and to make any sacrifice, in order to denigrate, repress, suppress, and otherwise render impotent --- all questions/affirmations which might suggest the existence of "The Powers That Be". Such a system would WILLINGLY SACRIFICE all forms: of openness, honesty, authenticity & intimacy; of personal and communal integrities; of creativity, novelty, initiatives; of reconciliation and cooperation; of conflict-resolution and peacemaking; of forgiveness, health and healing; of personal discernment/understanding; of personal questions/affirmations; of personal authority/confidence; of personal self-esteem/love; of personal acceptance in Love; of personal sanctuaries; of communal sanctuaries; of vulnerability in Love; to be dominant in all; TO BE IN CONTROL; TO BE WITHOUT ANY LIMITATIONS OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME OR ANY PLACE. SO BE IT. How have the most humane beings responded to "The Domination System"? By copying its ways? By pretending it has not existed? By denying it exists? By ignoring its presence? By trying to destroy it by violent means --- without considering the costs of trying? By resisting non-violently in Love with Grace and Hope on their side? What kinds of admirable people shall we look to as role models of being humane & worthy of our respect, honor and support --- in their ways of responding to "The Powers That Be" within "The Domination System" around and within all of us? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================