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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.} ========================================================== %META QUESTIONS VALUES IDEALS PRINCIPLES FOUNDATION 030723 %IMPORTANCE PRIORITIES ESSENTIAL VIRTUES VALUES GOD 030723 %PRINCIPLES IGNORED ABSENT MISSING LACKING ATTENDED 030723 %EXCLUDED EXCLUSIVE REJECTED EXCOMMUNICATED RACIAL 030723 %SEXUAL GENDER DISCRIMINATION ROLE MODELS SCRIPTURE 030723 %ABSOLUTE SURE CERTAIN TRUTHS FUNDAMENTALISTS DEVIL 030723 It is important to ask questions such as the following helpful questions: 1. What essential virtues, values, ideals, prin- ciples, etc. have overall been tragically IGNORED recently? 2. What individuals and groups of people have been tragically IGNORED recently; i.e., have been systematically missing from important discussions of communal concerns? 3. What words/concepts have been conspicuously ABSENT from the discussions in powerful committees, assemblies and board rooms? 4. What relevant and well demonstrated/confirmed facts have been systematically LEFT OUT of the discussions in powerful committees, assemblies and board rooms? 5. What are the essential foundations-for-both- personal-and-communal-integrities which are NOT SYSTEM- ATICALLY BEING AFFIRMED in some powerful way within the work of powerful committees, assemblies and board rooms? 6. What might be the nature of the reason/motivations for any of the above "ABSENCES", "LACKS", "OMISSIONS", and/or "DIVERSIONS OF ATTENTION"? 7. Might it be that giving authentic attention to the above questions could lead us to recognize how we are involved in, and/or are the victims of --- (a) COLLUSIVE GAMES of mutual self deception, (b) competitions over who will be MOST DOMINANT and most in control, (c) ADDICTIVE patterns of thought/behaviors, (d) ARROGANCE and SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, (e) EXCESSIVELY NARROW SPECIALIZATIONS, (f) PROVINCIALISMS of culture, religion, science, nationalism, professionalism; (g) EXTREMISM, FANATICISM and TERRORISM on the part of individuals, organizations religions and official governments; (h) "The Domination System" which systematically keeps itself hidden from view/recognition? When we ask ourselves questions of the kind suggested above --- we need to at the same time keep in mind that it is much more difficult to identify something which is lacking, absent, forgotten or neglected; than it is to identify something which is always "in the news", "in our face", "the focus of conflict" and/or the occasion for contentious debate. Domineering people focus our attention excessively upon many considerations which divert our attention away from much that they want us to: neglect, forget, reject and/or lack; so that they can be more successful in dominating and/or controlling us. Domineering people seek to force us to focus upon the legitimacy or non-legitimacy of one isolated issue --- as they have defined that one isolated issue. Domineering people rarely, if ever, seek to get many diverse people to participate in democratic-priority-setting wherein many participants have equal influence and/or wherein many possible priorities are given due consideration in open and honest discussions. Topics, issues and people that have been long ignored --- can be kept-long-ignored by domineering people whom we let continue to focus our attention narrowly upon their narrowly defined issues --- in isolation form other related, complementary and/or competing issues; in isolation from people who are incarnations of those related, complementary and/or competing issues. Any time that a few powerful people play dominant roles in getting many people to focus a large fraction of their time, energies and resources on any one "enemy", "issue", "question", "crusade", contest, etc. --- it is time for many people to start asking many questions about the many: issues, ideals, values, principles and people that are being: ignored, neglected, rejected, excommunicated and denigrated. The few powerful people are most likely tragic leaders who are domineering and unworthy of respect, honor, or support. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================