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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.} ========================================================== %CONSTANTINE'S SWORD CHRISTIANS JEWS CONTRASTS SINS+021211 %DEVILS ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT MISUNDERSTANDING+021211 %PERCEIVED MEANINGS ENEMIES SCAPE GOAT CLIMB ABUSE+021211 %INDIVIDUALS RELATIONSHIPS COALITIONS TOGETHER GOD+021211 %BELIEF MYTHOLOGY COSMOLOGY FORCE COERCION HISTORY+021211 %VULNERABLE ADVANTAGE SECURITY BLAME SHAME GUILT 021211 Often there are individuals and groups that define who they are and what their meaning is --- in terms of whom: they perceive to be their enemies; they chose to scapegoat; they climb over to reach their goal; they sacrifice to appease their gods. Such individuals and groups often form coalitions which are brought together because they have found it advantageous to cooperate in the above kinds of behaviors directed toward some minority that is vulnerable; rather than toward each other or some powerful and/or majority group. Who suffers and who gains is often as much an accident of history, as it is the result of a deliberate choice. The above can be found in the book "Constantine's Sword" which traces some of the aspects of the history of the evolution of the Jewish and Christian communities down through history; with Constantine having played a dramatic role in that history. To the extent that we do not understand that history we are likely to repeat some of its tragic features over and over in small and large settings. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================