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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.} ========================================================== %MITIGATE ALIENATIVE COMPETITION CONFLICT VIOLENCE 071028 %DEMANDS COMMANDS CONTROLS CONFORMITY PRESCRIPTIONS 071028 %EXCOMMUNICATIONS BANISHMENT EXCLUSIVITY GREED GOOD 071028 %GOOD POSSESSIONS PROPERTY SEXUAL ABUSE RAPE MORALS 071028 %OWNERSHIP TERRITORY MANSION LUXURIES FORT FORTRESS 071028 %MORE THAN ENOUGH MODERATION SATISFACTION DESIRE 071028 There are many forms of competition between mutually exclusive ideals, values, plans, agendas, etc. Some of them are inherent in the nature of realities. Others of them are created by human choices. It is important that we learn how to recognized the different forms of competition and how most helpfully to manage them in cooperative/collaborative ways which are gracious and creative. 1. Some forms of COMPETITION have to do with our INHERENTLY-LIMITED-AMOUNTS of pure/useful: land, soil, water, air, minerals, fossil-fuels, sunlight, time, attention, etc. --- within God's Space-Ship-Earth. That which is dedicated/used in one way cannot be dedicated/used in a mutually exclusive way. Garbage, chaos, entropy, pollution must go somewhere and so they limit future possibilities. That which is wasted/trashed cannot be used as if it were pure/new/good WITHIN God's Space-Ship-Earth. Much entropy which is generated must leave God's Space-Ship-Earth for us to survive. It must leave in the form of infra-red-radiation to avoid excessive Global-Warming. If we prevent that essential- departure, we will all die due to: Global-Warming, Climate-Changes, Increasing-Storms, and rising-waters. 2. Some forms of COMPETITION have to do with OUR-CHOSEN- PATTERNS of: commitments, promises, intentions, hopes, expectations, alienations, estrangements, distrust, enmity, domination, violence, controls, hierarchies, bondings, score-keeping, etc. By making contrasting CHOICES we AUGMENT-or-MITIGATE such forms of COMPETITION; and can in some instances ELIMINATE some forms/instances of COMPETITION. 3. Some forms of COMPETITION are created by how we CHOOSE to Make/Identify/Label: strangers, opponents, simplistic-fools, enemies, evil-people, devils, evil- spirits, and Patterns-of-Exclusivity -- which lead toward Alienations and Evil-Relationships-Among-US. 4. Some forms of COMPETITION are created When-We-Affirm Mutually-Exclusive --- rather than Mutually-Complementary: Ideals, Values, Principles, Desires, Hopes, Expectations, Plans, Habits, Life-Styles, etc. -- which lead toward Alienations and Evil-Relationships-Among-US. 5. Some forms of COMPETITION are created when we Fail- to-Make-Commitments to: Mutuality, Balance, Cooperation, Honesty, Colaboration, Humility, Sympathy, Empathy, Integrity, Authenticity, Truth, Community, Communication, Dialogue, Sanctuaries, Human-Rights, Kindness, Gentleness, Hospitality, Generosity, Sharing, Distributive-Justice, etc. --- which lead toward Alienations and Evil- Relationships-Among-US. 6. Some forms of COMPETITION are created when we Tragically-Make-Affirmations of Simplistic: Greed, Wants, Invulnerability-as-Security, Risk-Avoidance, Commands, Demands, Purifications, Exclusions, Hierarchies, Caste- Systems, Excommunications, Imprisonments, etc. --- that generate Alienation and Evil-Relationships-Among-US. 7. Some forms of COMPETITION undermine the possibilities of: Cooperation, Colaboration, Reconciliation, Conflict- Resolution, Healing, Health and Shalom's Many-Ways. Be-Together in the Many-Gracious ways of Shalom. (c) 2007 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================