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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.} ========================================================== %SCOTT PECK ROAD LESS TRAVELED PARADOX WHOLE TRUTH 030624 %CONTRADICTION MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE REJECTION COHERE 030624 %HERESY APARTMENTS PARTS FRAGMENTED DENIAL ACCEPT 030624 %INSEPARABLE PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITIES FAITH 030624 %HOPE LOVE TRUST DISHONESTY DECEPTION SECRECY SIN 030624 %PRETENSE ARROGANCE SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS NARCISSISM 030624 In his book "The Road Less Traveled" Dr. M. Scott Peck calls attention to paradoxes; i.e., to whole-truths which encompass affirmations that appear to be contradictory and/or mutually exclusive --- yet they are affirmations that are coherent in integrative ways. Dr. Peck suggests that the essence of an heresy is to take apart a whole-paradox and affirm one portion of the whole-paradox in ways that deny and/or denigrate what the whole-paradox as-a-whole affirms. Thus, each heresy denies and/or denigrates the integrity of an integrative- whole-truth. It follows that heretical peoples and assemblies-of-people (e.g., heretical institutions) cannot and do not promote either personal or communal integrity --- for personal and communal integrity are inseparable. All forms of dishonesty; e.g., deception, secrecy, pretense, pretentiousness, arrogance, self-righteousness, narcissism, ego-centricity, addictions, collusions, --- undermine the integrity of Truth as a-whole-reality which-has-integrity. All forms of dishonesty lead people into heresies which seek to denigrate paradoxical truths. Domineering people put their faith, hope, love, trust and confidence in their ability to achieve security-as-invulnerability --- through the use of: violence, force, coercion, threats, and the forms of dishonesty suggested above. Domineering people are immersed in heresies and heretical institutions --- trying to achieve their salvations through the control of portions of the whole truth --- in ways which deny and degrinate other portions of the whole truth. Domineering people are terrified by encounters with the unity of the whole truth --- as demonstrated by true-lovers who reveal personal and communal integrities that transcend: laws, commandments, prescriptions, proscriptions, taboos, scriptures, politics and power-concentrations that are inherently corrupt. Domineering people are in-the-service-of "The Domination System" that systematically demands that all people take paradoxes apart --- and selectively affirm some partial-truth as if a chosen partial-truth is, in isolation, the-whole-truth. True-Lovers terrify domineering people through personal demonstrations of the whole-truth --- through personal and communal integrities and processes of integration. True-Lovers reveal the absence of integrity within domineering people and within "The Domination System". Such honest personal demonstrations are treated as if they were heresies --- by "The Domination System" and by its idolatrous servants. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================