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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.} ========================================================== %SLIP FALL EXTREMIST POSITIONS BEHAVIORS THOUGHTS+021011 %FAILING NEGLECTING IGNORING ABSENT LEAVE OUT SINS+021011 %ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONS PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY+021011 %MORE PURE FREE INVOLVEMENT BAD WRONG EVIL IMMORAL+021011 %HIGHER STANDARDS HONESTY DECEPTION SECRECY MISLEAD+021011 %MORALITY DOCTRINE RITUALS COMMANDMENTS RULES LAWS 021011 How do we slip into extremist positions and behaviors? 1. By failing to be honest about the costs of the priorities which we advocate; e.g., costs in money, time, talent, creativity, neglected alternative priorities, etc. A failure to be honest may not entail any overt dishonesty, deception, secrecy, or an intent to mislead. 2. By trying to be entirely pure and free of involvement in what we regard as bad, wrong or evil --- without giving due consideration to the costs as noted above. 3. By trying to be entirely free of risks, vulnerability and criticisms --- without giving due consideration to the costs as noted above. We may fall into the trap of behaving as if true security entails invulnerability; whereas true security always entails the freedom to be safely vulnerable. 4. By trying not to offend anyone so as to be free of criticisms as noted above --- refusing to recognize that responsible people are responsive to questions, questioners, and requests for explanations of why we have behaved as we have behaved. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================