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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.} ========================================================== %ALIENATIVE EXCLUSION COMPLEMENTARY PEOPLE AFFIRM 031010 %OWN EXPERIENCES EXISTENTIAL PERCEPTIONS UNDERSTAND 031010 %OBSERVATION DESCRIPTIONS PRESCRIPTION PROSCRIPTION 031010 %COLLUSIVE GAMES MUTUAL SELF DECEPTION ADDICTION IT 031010 %I-THOU RELATIONSHIPS DEVIL REJECTION EXCOMMUNICATE 031010 %HELLS TRUE-LOVER HEAVEN SALVATION REDEMPTION GODLY 031010 Religious leaders often maintain religious practices which originated in ancient sincere efforts to achieve practical results in terms of the cosmologies extant at the time the rituals were invented; e.g., the prohibition against eating pork. However, many ancient religious practices are no longer maintained because of new technologies; e.g., prohibitions against eating pork are sometimes not maintained where refrigeration is regularly in use. Yet some religious leaders maintain some rituals primarily as means for maintaining their own concentrations of power. They may maintain their own concentrations of powers because the concentration of their own power-to-be-in-domination/control is their own god. Such religious leaders are idolators who serve their own god regardless of the disintegrative consequences for many people and communities. Some religious rituals are inherently coercive, manipulative and violent efforts by domineering-religious- leaders to "maintain control" through "wars" of various kinds. Often such "wars" do not regularly entail physical violence; yet even where there is no physical violence the "wars" do entail: spiritual-violence, psychological- violence, economic-violence, political-violence, sexual- abuses, violations of minorities' rights, violations of women's rights, violence-against-complementary-truths, and the violation of sanctuaries and of many essential foundations of personal and communal integrities. Beware of domineering-religious-leaders' use/abuse of religious rites and beliefs which are separated from their followers' own personal experiences of the bitter fruits of mandated religious rites, rituals and beliefs; e.g., ritualistic violence against labeled "enemies" of the domineering religious leaders': (1) concentrations of power, (2) collusive games of mutual self deception, (3) addictions, and (4) codependent support thereof. Beware of mandated religious/ritualistic beliefs which are disconnected from existential/empirical demonstrations that the particular mandated beliefs do merit: affirmations, honor, respect and practical support --- because of the sweet fruits enjoyed by the domineering people who affirm the beliefs --- to the exclusion of complementary people who affirm complementary beliefs. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================