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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.} ========================================================== %MODERATE CONTENTIOUSNESS VIOLENCE COERCION WORLD+021019 %GOOD DEVILS TRANSCENDENT ABSOLUTE TRUTH HONORABLE+021019 %COOPERATION SYMPATHY AUTHENTICITY DOUBLE THINKER+021019 %FUNDAMENTALS RELIGIOUS INTEGRATIONS INTEGRITY GOD 021019 How are we to think and work to moderate the amount of contentiousness, violence, and destruction in the world? Too often people increase contentiousness, violence and destruction --- when they try to affirm and support what they think and say is "good", while others regard them as "evil". Truly transcendent "good" in a global sense is associated with thoughts, affirmations and behaviors which elicit respect, honor and support from all kinds of different people within all kinds of cultural, national, religious and professional traditions. This is suggested in chapters 11 and 12 of the second letter from the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome. What thoughts and behaviors are most universally regarded as "honorable"; and what are those which are most universally regarded as "dis-honorable"; i.e., not worthy of universal honor, respect and support? HONORABLE DIS-HONORABLE ============================== ========================= HONESTY DIS-HONESTY AUTHENTICITY PRETENTIOUSNESS HUMILITY ARROGANCE GENTLENESS VIOLENCE KINDNESS MEANNESS COOPERATION DOMINATION CIVILITY CONTENTIOUSNESS HOSPITALITY INTRUSIVENESS GENEROSITY ROBBERY PATIENCE COERCION OPENNESS SECRECY BEWARE: To understand the following requires mental gymnastics and thinking clearly for yourself. Truly admirable thoughts and behaviors are usually associated with people who act in cooperation and sympathy with different-people --- people who are respected for authentically being who they are with their OWN unique kinds of integrities. Truly admirable thoughts and behaviors are rarely associated with people who act unilaterally, as if they were "superior" persons with the right to coerce and harm others. Thoughts and behaviors which are NOT OFTEN regarded as truly admirable --- ARE OFTEN associated with people who think that they are superior to "different" people --- who are viewed as inferior and expendable in the service of the "superior" people --- who are rarely truly respected, honored or supported. Beware of the few "superior" people who are unaware of and indifferent to "different" people who are true lovers that are humble and gracious in cooperative work together in support of both personal and communal integrities. Such "superior" people engender many evil relationships through their unilateral and coercive acts. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================