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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.} ========================================================== %RIGHTS GUARANTEES PROMISES FINES INDIVIDUAL GODS+020919 %COMMUNITIES ABSENCE COMMITMENTS ASSURANCES DEVIL+020919 %UNDERSTANDINGS MAKE GOOD CONFIDENCE 020919 How are rights, guarantees, promises and fines inter- related when we are considering individuals and communities? In the absence of guarantees, promises, commitments, assurances and contracts --- how can there exist any individual and/or communal rights? In the absence of understood-motivations to make-good on guarantees, promises, commitments, assurances and contracts --- how can there exist any confidence that those who make the guarantees, promises, commitments, assurances and contracts --- will make-good on them? What are the kinds of understood-motivations which will be: robust, integrative, trusted, and endure? Will motivations which flow from fear be reliable? Will motivations which are rooted in coercion, violence and threats be reliable? Will motivations which are rooted in anger, rage, greed, self-confidence, self-righteousness and/or arrogance be reliable? Where is true reliability to be found/rooted? How is one to know what to expect in the light of various possible motivations? Our expectations may be rooted in a combination of one or more of the following: 1. Instincts 2. Intuitions 3. Traditional beliefs 4. Prejudices 5. Childhood impressions 6. Authoritarian statements 7. Prayerful discernments 8. Defensive maneuvers 9. Selfish considerations 10. Generous considerations 11. Integrative principles 12. Scientific facts/laws 13. Confirmed scientific theories 14. Unconfirmed hypotheses 15. Prescriptive legislation 16. Fears and anxieties 17. Others' expectations of us 18. Subconscious beliefs 19. Resentment and anger 20. Desires for revenge 21. Attempts to "save face" 22. Keeping imprudent commitments 23. Agreeing with the "party line" 24. Loyalty to gang leaders 25. Loyalty to church leaders 26. Loyalty to church doctrines 27. Faithful performance of rituals 28. Thoughtless habitual behaviors 29. Unexamined attitudes/assumptions If we are unaware of the roots of our expectations and/or are unwilling to talk about them, we are in a dangerous position. Perhaps we are victims of collusions, addictions, codependencies and confusion which are rooted in "The Domination System" which we serve and/or victimizes us. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================