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Jon 6 December 1999 Religious Studies 6th ARN Chapter 8 This chapters focus is on wholeness and our journey toward strength beauty and happiness Everyone specifically teens must journey through their path to wholeness we all struggle with problems such as finding ourselves lovable and freeing ourselves of hooks that seem to grab and control us One must remember however that wholeness is not perfection It is the balancing of all the parts of self to create a dynamic and harmonious order This virtue is also known as temperance When one tries to be perfect one wages a war against another aspect of oneself Instead we must realize that we are complex creatures that have many different aspects we are physical rational emotional social and spiritual During our journey to wholeness we will fall but through perseverance and Gods help we can balance our lives After reading the chapter I realized that self-consciousness caused all of the problems that made us stumble on our road to wholeness Many Americans believe that they must fit into a mold For example many teens are motivated to drink alcohol smoke and take drugs because it is cool thing to do Yet others who see past such misconceptions still give in because they feel that they help them relax during parties People who suffer from eating disorder believe that society calls them to fit the perfect dress or waist size Young teens feel pressured into premarital sex either because their partner or peers pressure them or because our culture condones it In all situations people choose to unbalance their lives for the sake of others We all seem to be caught up with our reputation what others think about us The most compelling example is the story of Dougs death His body told him that he had had enough yet his struggle to please his peers ultimately led to his death Why do we waste our
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