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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.} ========================================================== %DOMINEERING CONCENTRATION POWER CORRUPT CHECKS SIN 030610 %BALANCE CONSTITUTIONS BYLAWS PREVENTION LIMITATION 030610 %PRESCRIPTION PROSCRIPTION SCRIPTURES INTERPRETED 030610 %MANIPULATIVE TOOL VIOLENCE COERCION DISHONESTY GOD 030610 %BALANCE MUTUALITY COVENANT AGREEMENT VULNERABILITY 030610 %ADDICT CODEPENDENT COLLUSION RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP 030610 "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We need systems of checks and balances to prevent the corrupting effects of concentrated power. Domineering people in overt and/or covert ways reject the belief/convictions of many healthy people --- that there should be clear limits placed upon the freedom and ability of domineering people to: 1. Coercively impose commandments, pre-scriptions, pro-scriptions, scriptural-interpretations, taboos, life- styles, beliefs, rituals, etc --- upon people who are more vulnerable than they, the domineering people, are. 2. Use dishonesty, deception, pretentions, contentiousness, arrogance, self-righteousness, addictions, collusions, domination-systems and codependent supporters --- to impose their own (or any other person's or group's) will upon people who are more vulnerable than they, the domineering people, are. 3. Concentrate power (religious, political, professional, regulatory, etc.) into the hands of domineering people like themselves --- people who fight violent battles and wars among themselves over who is: best, superior, most-dominant, saved, closest to the Heart and Power of God, etc. 4. Drag true-lovers into courts to be subjected to accusations of improper-gracious behaviors, communications, beliefs, dialogue, experiences and intimacies --- which threaten the power-monopolies of domineering people. 5. Define who is good and who is evil --- in terms of conformity and non-conformity to standards which they, the domineering people, impose upon individuals as isolated individuals, apart from humane relationships and/or dysfunctional relationships. 6. Draw attention away from the alienative kinds of RELATIONSHIPS between and among people --- relationships toward which domineering behaviors lead people to move; in efforts to protect themselves, the domineering people, against being exposed as dishonest leaders. True-lovers need to ask (themselves, each other, domineering people, and bystanders) why domineering people should NOT have limits placed upon them by people who are NOT domineering people. Why NOT work for balance? Why should people who are: open, honest, civil, gracious, hospitable, reverent, healthy, generous, humble, merciful and just --- NOT play significant roles in deciding what limits should be placed upon domineering people --- to protect the many different kinds of personal and communal integrities which God has called into being within Her Diverse and Holy Creations? What principles, ideals, values and visions of good-living --- would lead anybody to oppose such non-domineering people playing significant roles? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================