Structurally speaking, the Ego possess “perfect” Relationabiliy. When it comes to who we are relationally we know, therefore, that it is senseless that we are judged as to how much Relationability we have, or how or in what way our Egos relate to their world. Yet that is exactly what our Context is famous for doing. Contexts, as you will remember, do this because they are quantitative entities and, therefore, can only understand their world quantitatively. This is why your Context considers the Ego and the self as a ‘package deal’ and contextual witch-hunts for guilty parties are so popular. If we, as some other subject’s Context, are able to identify a guilty party, we are not only able to distance ourselves from the contradictory nature of that structurally destructive subject or event and, therefore, set ourselves “aside” from being targets for contradiction, but by doing so, are also able to “neutralize” the contradiction we feel is present, an occurrence in which we are always are ready to participate. All of us have a storehouse full of accumulated contradictions we have yet to successfully neutralize, so any opportunity to neutralize them ‘justifiably’, is an opportunity we just can’t pass up. This is why we “love to hate”. When we, as another subject or event’s Context, find that subject or event to be “guilty” of contradiction; accusing them, admonishing them, and even hating them not only neutralizes the contradiction we feel they have committed but neutralizes our own. After all, when contradiction appears, it does in contextual terms. When we ‘error’ we do so solely ‘in contextual terms’. Error or contradiction are contextual events and, therefore touch all that which is contextual including our very selves. Neutralizing error, even if that error appears to be ‘someone else’s’, allows us to neutralize the contradicting Context: The same contradicting Context which, in the past, had, so often, contradicted us.

In essence, from a psycho-existential perspective, no human being can accept being guilty of contradictory behavior as no human being is capable of having his or her existence knowingly associated with contradiction.

Quite obviously, however, the Ego (as well as the “self”) constantly faces contradiction. In fact, man’s confrontation with contradiction may be that psycho-existential event which best characterizes human existence itself. In a word, contradiction is precisely that which cannot be, yet, in an aware and relational world, its appearance is commonplace.

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