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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.} ========================================================== %EXTREMISTS REASONING FAULTY FACTS RELATIONSHIPS+021229 %EXCLUDED ABSENT MISSING REJECTED COMPLEMENTARY+021229 %UNBALANCED COMPETITION CONTENTION CONFLICT DEVIL+021229 %AFFIRM ACCEPT PROTEST WORSHIP IDOLATRY TERRORISM+021229 %DYSFUNCTIONAL DOMINATION CONTROL LAWS ORDERS SINS+021229 %ARROGANCE SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS PRETENTIOUS DISHONEST 021229 Extremists' reasoning is usually faulty because of facts and relationships which the extremists have EXCLUDED from their consideration --- since they believe that only a very few facts/relationships merit any consideration. Many extremists can be effectively described in terms of what facts, relationships, etc. they EXCLUDE from consideration --- rather than in terms of what facts, relationships, beliefs, convictions and ideals they AFFIRM in positive ways through both words and deeds. Many extremists can be effectively described in terms of what very few "things" they worship as idols in religious or secular forms of idolatry. Such extremists are willing to sacrifice all other "things", people, values, ideals, virtues, etc. --- in their idolatrous worship of the very few things which they affirm/idolize as idolaters. Often such extremists are overtly religious leaders within extremists' religious groups. Other times they are overtly non-religious leaders supporting capitalist, socialist, communist, or some other utopian system for organizing a community/economy --- in ways which please domineering leaders who concentrate power into their own hands within such a system. We need to seek to discern their overt and their hidden motives for affirming and idolizing what they worship. What is the evidence, if any, that they are demonstrating forms of personal and communal integrity which are honest, open, coherent, graceful, kind, loving, just, etc? Absent such evidence be-aware and beware! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================