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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.} ========================================================== Click on WELCOME for a quick tour of ========================================================== %HOW WE USE WORDS AUTHORITY POWERS PRINCIPLES LOVE 080124 %FORCE LAWS COMMANDS DEMANDS COERCION VIOLENCE SEX 080124 %ABUSE RAPE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS ADVERTISEMENTS SIN 080124 %PROFITABLE CORPORATIONS TRIPLE BOTTOM LINES BONDS 080124 %STOCKS POSSESSION LUXURIES MORE THAN ENOUGH BARNS 080124 %CHAOS THEORY PREDICTABLE DISTANT FUTURE OUTCOME ID 080124 We need to be careful in HOW we use words. HOW we use words can: hurt, alienate, and destroy others and US. It is not the "words" themselves that hurt, alienate and destroy. It is HOW-We-Use-and-Abuse our words which Hurt, alienate and Destroy others and US. HOW we use our words can generate: confusion, messes, anxiety, terror, evil-relationships, violence, coercion, resentment, desires for revenge, etc. In particular HOW we use our words can lead us and others to believe FALSELY THAT: 1. It is individual-alienated-PEOPLE who are where EVIL- RESIDES; RATHER-THAN-WITHIN Dysfunctional-Relationships among Alienated-People Wherein EVIL-RESIDES. 2. It is within individual-isolated-AUTHORITIES where EVIL-RESIDES; RATHER-THAN-IN DYFUNCTIONAL-Relationships among Alienated-People Wherein EVIL-RESIDES --- as some of the Alienated-People abuse their own authority --- and abuse other forms of authority while engaging in Alienative forms of behavior. 3. Authority resides in SUPERIOR: scripts, texts, scriptures, rituals, doctrines, laws, commands, demands, violence, coercion, powers, force, technologies, beliefs, etc. --- RATHER-THAN-IN: Authentic-Personal-Relationships which affirm through words, deeds, behaviors and presence what Clusters-of-Virtues demonstrated in the Ways-of- Shalom Truly-Merit: Respect, Honor, Support, and Reverence for the equivalent ways in which they facilitate and promote ALL Personal-and-Communal Integrations-and- Integrities. In thinking about and talking about what Words-Can-Do in comparison to what Sticks-And-Stones can do; we need to be careful to focus upon the differences between Objective-Consequences like BROKEN-BONES; and REFLEXIVE- CONSEQUENCES like PERSONAL: Alienations, Estrangements, Exclusions, Banishments, Excommunications, Resentments, Revenge, and Cycles-of-Violence through Recycling-Violence through Seven-Generations and more. How can we respond to the latter Alienative-Behaviors --- in ways which will mitigate the LATER Alienative-Behaviors? We cannot Helpfully-Respond to any Alienative-Behaviors by using Words or any other Tools-Technologies in Alienative- Ways which undermine any form of Personal-or-Communal Integrations-or-Integrities. We need to ALWAYS be focused upon what Forms-of-Behaviors AUGMENT or MITIGATE ALIENATION between US-and-OTHERS. We cannot do that if we IGNORE and-or are IGNORANT-OF the ways in which WE are ALIENATED from others --- or the ways in which THEY are ALIENATED from US. Be-Together in the Many-Gracious ways of Shalom. (c) 2008 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================