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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.} ========================================================== %ACHIEVE ENJOY BELIEVE LOVERS LETTING GO CONTRARY 030617 %DISAPPOINT FRUSTRATED ANGRY RESENTFUL REVENGEFUL 030617 %PROJECT BLAME SHAME GUILT AWAY EVEN SCORE PUNISHED 030617 %SUPERIOR BETTER BEST ALIENATION EVIL-RELATIONSHIPS 030617 %TRUE DISHONEST DECEPTION COOPERATIVE COLLABORATION 030617 %FORCE VIOLENCE COERCION PURITY PERFECTION CONTROL 030617 If we attempt to "achieve" and "enjoy" what we believe lovers do --- while we do not let go of contentious thoughts and expectations --- we are likely to: 1. Be disappointed and/or frustrated, 2. Be resentful, angry, revengeful; 3. Project blame, shame and guilt on others, 4. Try to "even the score" through punishments, 5. Think we are superior to others, 6. Augment our alienation and evil-relationships, It is misleading to believe that, or to act as if, ANY kind of SUPERIORITY can be used by any person or group to "achieve" or "enjoy" that which true-lovers know and enjoy by being cooperative together in Love. Each desire and behavior which fails to acknowledge the above described facts of life --- will naturally lead to frustration, alienation and disintegration; regardless of which of the following (or other) kinds of presumed "superiority" is involved in the desire(s) or behavior(s): 1. Force, 2. Coercion, 3. Violence, 4. Purity, 5. Perfection, 6. Exclusivity 7. Dominance, 8. Controls, 9. Secrecy 10. Deception, 11. Laws, 12. Regulations 13. Commandments, 14. Rituals, 15. Doctrines, 16. Polity, 17. Confessions, 18. Sincerity, 19. Certainty, 20. Enforcement, 21. Authority, 22. Proofs, 23. Logic, 24. Reason, 25. Technologies, 26. Spirituality, 27. Gifts, 28. Scriptures, 29. Analyses, 30. Conclusions Arrogance and self-righteousness are NOT among God's favored means to salvation. Those people who presume otherwise become disappointed, frustrated, alienated and involved in evil-relationships. True-lovers are NOT so mis-guided away from God's Love --- and so away from cooperative adventures in Love. By remaining cooperatively together in Love --- true-lovers avoid much frustration and grief. Lovers pray together that they may let go of their Domination Systems; that they be let go by their Domination Systems, that they let each other go graciously in Love and let go of domination --- that they may enjoy each other in Love. By taking gracious risks together in balanced ways --- lovers find their true-ways in Love --- together as true-lovers; who are true to themselves and to each other in their own unique ways --- ways which are well integrated through sharing their mutually complementary faith-journeys. Therein they find meaning and joy. Shalom! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================