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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.} ========================================================== %GREATEST PROOF DOMINANCE FULLY CONTROL PASSION 030803 %EMOTIONS DESIRES PLEASURES PROVE CERTAINTY OTHERS 030803 %TRULY DIPLOMATIC AGREEABLE COOPERATIVE CIVILITY 030803 %HOSPITALITY SYMPATHETIC EMPATHETIC HELPFUL KIND 030803 %POWER CONCENTRATION FORMALIZED CORRUPTION DEVIL 030803 %ESTRANGEMENT ALIENATION SEPARATION PURIFICATIONS 030803 The greatest proof of dominance is to be "fully in control" during moments when other people are moved by the most extreme forms of passion --- emotions, desires, pleasures, etc. Thus the most dominant person wants to prove that she or he can always be "fully in control" of their own, and "fully in control" of all other people's: passions, emotions, desires, pleasures, etc. When we are being truly: diplomatic, agreeable, cooperative, civil, hospitable, sympathetic, empathetic, balanced, etc. --- we are NOT being "fully in control" of any-body or any-thing. During such moments of civility, hospitality, mutuality, and creativity --- we are NOT demonstrating superior forms of dominance and/or control. During such moments we are NOT demonstrating faith in, or loyalty to, "The Domination System". Many dominant people believe in and envy God --- "known" as the most: perfect, omniscient, omni-present, eternal, un-changing, dominant and powerful being. They believe/act as if God exists within time and space as they do. Such people's conceptions of God are their own tragic creations which lead them to be among the most destructive and unlikable people whom we encounter. One of our greatest challenges is to avoid responding to such domineering people in domineering ways which echo their destructive and irritating ways. To attempt to dominate/control such domineering people --- is to surrender to their tragic patterns of: assumptions, attitudes, thoughts, values, ideals, and principles. Be aware in honest ways; and beware of such dishonest and domineering people! Dishonesty is one of their most destructive tools; often used in trying to be fully "in control". Highly formalized systems and organizations seem to be more vulnerable to domination by domineering people --- than are informal cooperative groups of people. This is true of all kinds of systems and organizations: religious, political, economic, scholarly, scientific, spiritual, military, mathematical, poetic, musical, artistic, etc. Formalized systems of doctrines, rituals, teachings, life- styles, etc. --- seem not to have the power to transcend the tragic patterns pointed to above. The healthy people who do transcend the tragic patterns pointed to above --- do so in ways which are informal and not under the control of any special: techniques, technologies, technocrats or groups of people; large or small. We need to learn from such well- integrated people's ways of being true to themselves and each other --- within their special ways of participating informally in healthy relationships with each other, and with yet others around them. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================