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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.} ========================================================== %FALSE CONFESSION DOCTRINE STATEMENT REAL HARM DONE 050715 %DOMINEERING RELIGIOUS LEADER INSTITUTION CHURCH 050715 %ARTIFICIAL CONSEQUENCE NATURAL OUTCOME FRUITS TREE 050715 %KNOWLEDGE WHO IS GOOD EVIL SAVED DAMMED FALLEN GOD 050715 %CONTEXT MEANING SIGNIFICANT BEING TRUE TRUTH TRULY 050715 The word "confession" and its congnates mean quite different things depending upon the context in which it is used; and so they mean different things depending upon who uses them. Different people using them constitute different contexts. 1. If a person has actually harmed another person without the other person knowing who was responsible for the harm, the person who did the actual harm may be gracious and confess that they did the harm. That is one meaning of "confess". The person who offers such a confession demonstrates personal integrity and helps to facilitate and promote communal integrity. 2. If a person has Failed-to-Conform to a Domineering-Person's or a Domineering-Group's "Standards- of-Propriety", and The-Authorities have been unaware of the So-Far-Secret Failure-to-Conform, the person who has Failed-to-Conform may be submissive and confess their Failure-to-Conform. Such a "confession" is quite different from the voluntary confession of the one who had done actual harm. This latter confession is hardly a demonstration of personal integrity and in reality it may help Domineering-People under the guidance and motivations of "The Domination System" to undermine both personal and communal forms of integrity. 3. When a person publically states and demonstrates the virtues, truths, ideals and values which they regard as being of great importance and of high priority --- they thereby make a "confession" which demonstrates personal integrity and helps to facilitate and build up communal integrity. Here the word "confess" is being used in yet a third way, a way which has integrity. 4. When a person publically recites as true a standard doctrinal "confession" of a domineering religious institution --- even though they do not regard the "confession" as meaningfully true --- the person demonstrates a lack of personal integrity in pretending to believe what they in fact do not believe in any meaningful sense. The recitation is an act of submission to domineering people who undermind both personal and communal integrities. Here the word "confession" is used in a way which lacks integrity because dishonesty is an integral part of the process of "confession". 5. When any person who is truly innocent makes a false confession of having done something which they have in fact not done --- because of threats made regarding those near and dear to him or her --- the "confession" lacks integrity; and to term the action as a "confession" within the context of suspected threats; is an act which lacks integrity. This is a false recitation, yet it is different from the false recitation of a formal doctrinal statement of "confession" of something which is not truly owned by the "confessor". (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================