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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.} ========================================================== %RECOGNIZE DISINTEGRATIVE EXPECTATIONS STANDARDS 971213 How are we to recognize disintegrative expectations, standards, laws, requirements, punishments and other efforts which are ostensibly designed to promote and protect personal and communal integrity? Not all behaviors which are ostensibly "good" are truly what they are thought/intended to be? We may know them by their fruits --- but can we recognize them before their fruits are ripe and bitter? We need to be cautious when ostensibly "good" behaviors entail: 1. Alienative coercion, violence or manipulations. 2. Secrecy, dishonesty, deception, or pretentions. 3. Self-righteousness and/or condescending attitudes. 4. Unbalanced/unchecked exercise of power. 5. Exclusivity and/or excommunications. 6. Contentious "either/or" thinking and/or debates. 7. Much telling, but little careful listening. 8. Preoccupations with perfection over dialogue. 9. Ignorance/prejudice engendered by exclusivity. 10. Indifference to personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================