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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE GRACEFUL PEACEMAKERS RESISTANCE LOVE+020914 %RECONCILIATION COOPERATION DIALOGUE THREATEN GODS+020914 %EYES SEE BLIND EARS HEAR DEAF DISHONEST COLLUSIONS+020914 %DOMINEERING DOMINATION SYSTEM VIOLENCE INTEGRITIES+020914 %BODIES RELATIONSHIPS THREATENING ECONOMICS FINANCE+020914 %INVESTMENT HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES INFECTION SIN 020914 In what ways can other people do violence to our integrities; or threaten our integrities? 1. Through physical violence to our bodies' integrities, or threatening to do violence to our bodies' integrities. 2 Through economic violence to our financial integrities, or threatening to do economic violence to our financial integrities; e.g., violating our: educational opportunities, employability, investment opportunities, health-care opportunities, etc. 3. By "infecting" us with viruses, bacteria, etc. 4. By "infecting" us with misleading: attitudes, beliefs, concepts, ideals, values, prejudices, biases, etc. 5. By "tempting" us to be: dishonest, robbers, violent, arrogant, self-righteous, pretentious, misleading, etc. 6. By "forcing" us into being: dishonest, pretentious, arrogant, self-righteous, misleading, robbers, violent, etc. 7. By leading us or seducing us into patterns of behaviors which are: addictive, codependent, collusive, domineering, coercive, violent, etc. 8. By limiting our opportunities to fulfill our unique potentials and creative abilities to be open and honest in ways which are mutually beneficial to many people. 9. By doing violence to our RELATIONSHIPS with other people --- when our RELATIONSHIPS are integrative, healthy, open, honest, creative, gracious, civil, etc. 10. By introjecting into us unresolvable-conflicts between: needs, desires, ideals, values, principles, policies ---within the framework of collusions which we are not permitted to address openly and honestly. People's behaviors which do violence to others' integrities in the above ways --- do not merit our respect, honor or support. Our challenge is to RESIST such behaviors, without copying such behaviors ourselves. "Evil" resides within RELATIONSHIPS which have been perverted in the above and related ways. Domineering people often do violence to other people and to other people's RELATIONSHIPS --- whenever healthy people and healthy people's RELATIONSHIPS threaten the apparent "integrities" of domineering people. This often happens because domineering people's apparent "integrities" are built upon foundations which depend upon: appearances, dishonesty, deception, collusions, prejudice, bias, secrecy, coercion, violence, domination, controls, exclusivity, etc. Domineering people project their inadequacies, faults and defensiveness upon others; and cannot see that what they criticize in others can be traced back to themselves by healthy/honest people who are not blind and deaf. Domineering people alienate themselves from each other and from non-domineering people. They do not understand human RELATIONSHIPS which are healthy, intimate, cooperative, integrative, etc. They cannot even understand/control their own competitive RELATIONSHIPS well enough to convert them into mutually advantageous RELATIONSHIPS. As a result, they must always be defensive, distrustful, secretive, dishonest, alienated, etc. Their RELATIONSHIPS are evil RELATIONSHIPS --- and they project their experiences of their evil RELATIONSHIPS onto those people whom they do not and cannot trust ---their perceived enemies. Thus they label their enemies as evil; rather than perceive their RELATIONSHIPS as being evil because of how they try to control/dominate their RELATIONSHIPS. Within their paradigm of domination and control --- there is no way to resolve their dilemmas and no way to transcend their tragic double-binds. The salvation which they need is feared, taboo, forbidden; and always just-beyond-their-reach, just-out-of-reach, just-beyond-their control. They cannot save themselves or others, because they must reject Love in order to be faithful to what they worship; domination and controls. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================