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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.} ========================================================== %MYTHIC STORIES MYTHS REFLEXIVE RELATIONSHIPS POWER 061220 %MOVE GUIDE PEOPLE WAYS DOMINATION SYSTEM SHALOM 061220 %CONFLICT DIFFERENT NEIGHBORS NEEDS DESIRES WANTS 061220 %FABLE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS WORTHY HONOR CELEBRATE 061220 %HONORABLE SACRIFICE BATTLE DEFEND POSESSIONS IDEAL 061220 Mythic-Stories have great power to move and guide people; but often people are moved and guided in ways which lead to conflicts between people who have been moved and guided in different ways because: 1. They have received the same myths into different contexts defined by contrasting: assumptions, attitudes, values, ideals, principles, beliefs, etc. 2. Mythic-Stories are taken by some people to be literal accounts of historic-events in specific places on Earth at specific dates --- even if not reliably known in precise detail. 3. Mythic-Stories are taken by other people to be poetic accounts of meaningful-occasions in mythic-places somewhere in mythic-times --- even thought it is unlikely that the stories match any actual experiences of actual people during any known historic-times-or-places. 4. Mythic-Stories are taken by other people as politically motivated efforts to motivate people to join political-coalitions which are indicated in the mythic- stories. 5. Mythic-Stories are dismissed by other people as false fabrications which are not to be taken seriously by any well informed and intelligent people. Be Graciously-Together in the Many-Ways-of-Shalom. (c) 2006 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================