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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.} ========================================================== %PAUL TILLICH SERMON ACCEPT ACCEPTANCE SHAKING SIN 031022 %MAKE SELF OTHER ACCEPTABLE SAVED SALVATION DEVILS 031022 %VULNERABLE DOMINATION MANIPULATION CONTROL REJECTE 031022 %ADVANTAGE ACHILLE'S HEALS POOR POWERLESS WEAK SICK 031022 %DUTY GOD IDOL INTEGRITIES SACRIFICE CONSEQUENCE 031022 %TRUE LOVER PEACEMAKING WORK MITIGATE CONFLICTS SIN 031022 If we have not accepted the fact that we have been accepted (in the sense of Paul Tillich's sermon "Accept Acceptance" in his collection of sermons entitled "The Shaking of the Foundations") we are bound to feel/believe that we must make ourselves "acceptable" or "saved" or worthy of "salvation". Under that condition of not beeling/believing that we have been accepted --- we are tragically/terribly vulnerable to the efforts of domineering people to manipulate/control us. "Good" domineering people diligently take advantage of the archille's heals of people who are: vulnerable, poor, powerless, weak, sick, thirsty, confused, hungry, homeless, rejected, etc. --- even if they are Christians, Muslems or Jews who are the domineering people. It is the "duty" of servants of "The Domination System" to take such advantage of the poor people who are defenseless --- for it is such people that can most effectively be dominated. To domineering people "The Domination System" is God; and all forms of personal and communal integrities must be sacrificed to the service of their god, no matter what the consequences may be. Their god must not be or feel threatened under any circumstances! The ancient commandments of "The Domination System" must be thoughtlessly obeyed, in spite of all of the modern experiences regarding consequent personal and communal alienation due to such idolatry. Ancient primative laws over-rule modern experiences --- in the idolatrous "thinking" of loyal worshippers and supporters of "The Domination Systemm". True Lovers do not allow ancient primative laws to outlaw from their beings the callings of God --- who is Love at work today saving the poor from "The Domination System". So long as we cooperate with Domineering People in thoughtlessly affirming ancient authoritarian rules, laws, commandments, prescriptions, proscriptions and scriptures --- we are sure to be entrapped in "The Domination System's" webs of collusive games of self deception. Our own modern experiences will be irrelevant; consequences of our actions, and our personal/communal disintegrations will be made irrelevant. "The Domination System" will be our god and must be worshipped regardless of the consequences of such idolatry. Dominance is our god, and we must be dominantly in control to be faithful servants of our dominant god. Our god and we will be dominant for ever and ever. Eventually we will be in full control of everything! Our dominance will be eternal and omnipotent! "The Domination System" cannot be destroyed or robbed of its power to lead people into domineering/alienative relationships --- by people engaging in coercive, threatening, or domineering patterns of attitudes, thoughts and/or behaviors. True Lovers live their lives within Love, so that there is reconciliation, healing, and the exchange of freely given and accepted gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue within intimate/healthy relationships. Such living may be risky; but it is not necessary that it be made to be risky. True Lovers' lives are often dedicated to, given in, and living long and fully in such service --- with relatively moderate risks, drama and publicity. Such long and full lives of True Lovers are in fact gracious signs of successful efforts to understand, transcend, subvert and bring "The Domination System" to a satisfactory and grace-full conclusion --- leading to shalom. Wars are not signs of success, but of the failures of people to be True Lovers living long and gracious lives in preparations for peace and shalom. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================