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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.} ========================================================== %GOD TALK THEOLOGY RELIGIOUS ARROGANCE DISCERNING 030514 %MEANING COSMOS WHOLE FRAME QUESTIONS ULTIMATE SIN 030514 %MINDING SELFRIGHTEOUSNESS PRIDE HUBRIS RELATIONS 030514 %ALIENATED REMOVED ESTRANGED LIFE LOVE DYSFUNCTION 030514 %MORTAL LIMITATIONS IMPOSSIBILITIES KNOWLEDGE LOVE 030514 %TRUST RISK PRUDENCE WISDOM CERTAINTY ABSOLUTE SEX 030514 A small fraction of human beings seem totally preoccupied with discerning the ultimate meaning of human lives within the life of the cosmos as a whole. Because they frame their questions in terms of ultimate realities and concerns --- they often fall into the trap of presuming to know the "Mind of God". Thus they lead each other into the tragic and dark paths of self- righteousness, arrogance, pride and hubris. Their inter- personal relationships are often dysfunctional and characterized by contentious conflicts over what are the ultimate truths, THE meaning of life --- and how to best share those ultimate truths and meanings within perfected human relationships --- from which they are far removed. Theologians thus often fall into the trap of talking a great deal about God, while neglecting to facilitate and promote open and honest dialogue with each other about their own dysfunctional relationships with each other and their neighbors --- as very limited mortals. Because they constantly have their eyes in the heavens (far removed from earth and each other) they do not know each other well; and cannot trust each other in Space-Ship-Earth. Pretentious religious leaders seek to know with absolute certainty much about far removed realities; and end upon knowing and understanding very little about their own hearts and relationships. Their relationships with God are as dysfunction as their contentious relationships with each other and their vulnerable neighbors --- because of unexamined assumptions about what is most important and meaningful within Space-Ship-Earth, a tiny part of the Whole Cosmos of space-time-and-matter/energy. Many theologians often ignore and fail to describe openly and honestly the relationships that are most intimately at hand; focusing instead upon hypothetical realities in realms which are far removed from them. Their discussions are not grounded in the empirical and existential evidence of their own contentious relationships. Instead they revolve around their differing fantasies about their imaginary gods. They cannot see how foolishly arrogant, flawed and dysfunction their own methodologies and relationships are. They do not learn from their own experiences --- what mistakes they have made in how they have focused their attention and energies upon things about which they can have very limited secure knowledge. Many religious leaders seek security in invulnerability --- rather than in open and honest dialogue which entails taking prudent risks on the paths where truly humane sanctuary communities are built --- by people learning much about human relationships within our tiny Space-Ship-Earth on its voyage through space- time-and-matter --- a voyage which they cannot control. What does matter most? What ways/paths lead us into our most creative energies? As arrogant humans talk most passionately about their Own God --- while ignoring each other's most basic needs and desires --- they fall into some of their most inhumane kinds of dysfunctional relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================