Archives April 2011

Why Does Society Want us to Conform and Not Think?

Isn't it fun doing what we are told?

Hey you stupid and delusional “Positive Thinkers” out there!I have a new challenge for you – if the world is such an “Abundant” and “Nice” place, then why does it not accept us and want to change us all the time? “Society” “Brainwashing” and “Conditioning” us is nothing new, in fact – such ideas are often discussed and has really become an issue in modern Pop Culture today. Still however, if you think back to the days we are born to modern day adults, it’s almost at every turn “Society” and people in it are making us “Conform” to something.

In fact, don’t you feel that we are continually being:

– Told what to think? – Told what to wear? – Told what is appropriate? – Told what is inappropriate? – And Controlled in some way?

Don’t get me wrong, I really do believe in the rule of law and all that – otherwise, if there weren’t some kind of structure or laws – it would lead to a complete anarchy that is no good for anyone. Obviously you can’t run around “Shooting People” or going to Woolworth’s naked (all though it would be a very funny prank on the latter!

What I am more directing this at is more on a “Subtle” level. That is, when we are in the workplace, we have to be “Politically Correct” all the time, we can’t speak out against certain people who are protected by management (for whatever stupid / lame reason) or even when you have a circle of friends with certain “Political” or “Religious” beliefs – you say something the “Group” disagrees with, well don’t you wind up an outcast fast!

On a very odd note, when I became a “Born Again” Christian, I was warned non-stop that people will try and bring you down and all this stuff. Strangely enough that never happened! But when I became a Vegetarian and had a thing against killing animals, I was all of a sudden “Strange”, “Stupid” and “Against the System”.

It’s like WTF!! Why is everyone so trying to get us to fit in? Where did it become such a crime to do your own thing? Why can’t people accept differences? Not just me, but a lot of people I know have come down to this type of conclusion, that is: We are trained at a basic level by society that being “Different” is “Wrong”.

Schools, books and stuff all play “Lip-Service” to the concept that we are individuals, but come on – a few years in the playground or in the workplace would make one realise otherwise! So where am I going with all this?

If we spend our lives living into a “Shell” by what’s imposed on us and is not truly what we want, we can go on having incredibly average, mediocre (and often poorly paid) lives! So here is the problem, we get all “Positive” and start creating something “New” and then what happens? As we change, society (i.e. people we know, the workplace etc) all grabs us and tries to bring us back down again. Or in some other cases unfortunately, the “Positive Thinkers” trying to change us, may be doing it for sinister financial reasons.

My suggestion is for anyone (that like me) was leading a life that you didn’t pick – is to really stand back and think about what you want. This can be really hard if you have had years of being “Society’s Bitch” (as I did and still do to some extent).

When you find out what you want and you know its the right thing, be willing to make a stand for what you believe in – and go for it! Just watch out for those extremists, i.e. “Negative Thinkers” who want to keep you in your place and “Positive Thinkers” from Cults who are trying to extort your hard earned cash!

I wish I learn this stuff 20 years ago!!

How to Destroy Your Life with “Positive Thinking” Peer Pressure?

"Positive Thinking" Peer Pressure - What is really Going on here?

Sometime ago (and even recently), I have had so many dumb, pathetic and stupid, extremist “Positive Thinkers” running around trying to brainwash me with their delusions of the world.

Most of the time, they try and make out they are your “Friend”, and they really care – but more often that not (i.e. at least 80% of the time), there is a clear commercial agenda going on.

Besides the obvious examples of MLM / Pyramid Seminars (such as the dangerous one that you know I am referring too) which teach you to prey on friends and family, I am also making a reference to the much more subtle ones.

During a course I attended some time ago, it was a great “Positive Group”.

I actually mean this positively for a change – I really liked some of the people in it (and made some great lasting friends too).

One sinister element too it though, was how the provider of the course was really trying the “Positive Hard” sell to get into your wallet.  People who purchased more products or upgraded to another high option – were loudly applauded and congratulated in front of the group.

Also, a professional Networking Group (which you probably know what I am referring too) – really makes out that “If Your Serious” and “Positive” about your Business and getting new clients – you will join us immediately and pay us your money.

What I have found as in from the playground, right through to Modern Day, some really dodgy, shonky and unethical “Positive Thinkers” out there have figured out how to incorporate themes of “Peer Pressure” into what they are doing.

That is, you do what the group says and confirm (usually by giving your time / money / obedience) they applaud you, and if you don’t – they vilify you.

So if your thinking, “So what Ed? So what if a group congratulates you for confirming? That is a good thing right?” – I am going to argue that it’s not.  Because, “Positive Thinking” if often used to disguise from really unethical money-making schemes.

I have met so many “Spiritual”, “Positive” people out there – who are cleverly designed sharks who are trying to rip you off.

I have also met some real “Genuine”, “Good-Natured” and “Truly Positive” people out there as well.

Just be careful please! If you have just met someone and they are “Too Nice” to you – remember, there is a likely agenda going on.  And, these guys don’t give a rats about your dreams or goals – to them, you are merely just a “Cog” in a machine to them.

I wish I learnt this stuff 20 years ago! 🙂

Let’s Go and Beat Up “Positive Thinkers” that Lie to Us. Tonight. Come On?

Let’s Go Beat the Scum Bag Lying “Positive Thinkers” Silly!

I am sick and tired of stupid, dumb, “Lame Positive Thinkers” that barely understand a topic themselves and then go and sell seminars – or write a book on “How Great They Are” and how this book – will just change your life.

I had this very strange experience recently.  Although I am a Marketing Guy & a Business Coach – I have really built my expertise lately as a Social Media Marketer (i.e. YouTube, LinkedIn, this Blog etc). I don’t sell myself in Social Media, however in my own Peer Group – I have become the person to go to with Social Media.

Now, I am not “Yanking My Own” chain or telling you I am wonderful or anything – I know much better people at Social Media than me (but I’m pretty good, considering it’s not my Primary Business).

This one person I know walked up to me and said they want to be a “Social Media Consultant” and do “Seminars” and “Stuff”.  Wow – that is great, this person didn’t even know what LinkedIn was until several months ago.  I am no expert on Social Media, but this person would know 1/20 of what I know (and I would know 1/10 of some of the Social Media pro’s which I know).

What really disgusted me about this process, was that I suggested we should have a chat and you need to get some work done – but this person was still going ahead with it.

This really annoys me.  I was out of work about 4 years ago and I picked the wrong so-called “Business Coach” to help me.  They had no idea! In fact, in hindsight – they made so many mistakes and charged me a pretty penny!

So from all the tired, ripped of people out there to all the stupid, pathetic, lying “Positive Thinking” sods out there – as Stewie Griffin from Family Guy says “Go to Hell”.  Not just me, but many of us are sick and tired of these frauds that run around and take our money.  So, if you are one of these people – I really suggest you take a good hard look at yourself.  Be honest, develop some skills and sell a product of integrity.

If you are not – seriously, you will end up in hell.  Because the world (and me) are sick and tired of you shonks just ripping us off.  So to all the good people out there – Be very careful when you hear claims “Too Good to Be True” – they unfortunately usually are! Do your homework and if someone has some “Great Skill” which they are trying to sell you to you – make sure you know that they know what they are on about!

So, please go out and beat up some “Positive Thinking” scammers tonight.  They deserve nothing but justice (I am kidding of course! Don’t break any laws, but at least “Legally” give them a piece of your mind!).

If you find a way to “Legally” beat them up – then let me know, there are a lot of shonks out there that I would love to practically demonstrate “Pavement Justice” too.  Be careful out there! It’s a Jungle! I wish I learn this stuff 20 years ago!

Eric Cartman: Is the only cure for Hate, More Hate?

If the World is such a Positive Place, then why are we still Fighting Wars?

Love or Hate Eric Cartman – he really leads the boys in South Park and has an uncanny sense of street wise smarts.

With all the “Positive Thinking” extreme trash out in the marketplace, I have seen some amazing extremes from both these perspectives.  I have sat there and watched “Positive Thinking” videos by incredibly delusional “Positive Thinkers” that will sit there and tell you the world is such a wonderful place, there is so “Much Abundance”, through “Visualization” wars will end and if you stuck 4 Wheels on me and paint me Red – I would become a fire truck.

OK – Let’s run with this Positive Extreme for a second and pretend it has some kind of Credibility.  If you defend this line of thinking, then please answer these questions for me:

– If the world is such a “Positive Place” then why does 50% of the world live in Poverty? (50% may be a bit of a rough estimate, but I know it’s really high – just go and ask Bono or someone like that).

– The poor Wife who get’s beaten by her husband for 20 years – are you telling me she lives in an Abundant world?

– The poor person in a wheelchair – is that Abundant?

– Living under ruthless dictators such as Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Kim Jong Il or Fidel Castro – is that Abundant, and would visualizing them “Going Away” make it happen?

You may think I am being Brutal, but come on – don’t lie to me and don’t lie to yourself. These “Positive Thinking” morons write books, sugar coat everything so you simply purchase their products.  After all – if “Visualization” and “Positive Thinking” is so powerful – then why don’t those poor Starving people in North Korea have large houses, a fully stocked refrigerator and the ability to choose where they want to have dinner that night?

Eric Cartman’s line from South Park  “The only way to fight hate … is with MORE hate!” – doesn’t sound very nice.  In fact it sounds disgusting.  But in certain situations – it’s very true!

Hitler is an obvious example, but a current example today are the poor people in Libya fighting the evil and oppressive regime of Colonel Gaddafi.  Lot’s of people have died at the hands of this mad-man, and unless he is stopped – plenty more people will die.

So you “Positive Thinkers” out there who have never left your house, had Mommy & Daddy pay for house & car and have almost no real world experience – I challenge you to respond to this post.  Don’t just say “I’m Wrong” as I get from you guys quite often, I am really open to a credible counter argument on this point (i.e. if I am “Wrong” as you always tell me, then convince me otherwise).  In this case, Eric Cartman is on the money – sometimes, you have to fight “Fire with Fire” and “Hate with Hate”.

We live in a beautiful, yet dangerous world and in dangerous times.  Freedom certainly isn’t “Free” and if we don’t stand up to dictators in the world, or even bullies in our own workplaces and lives – things are only going to get worse for us.  Am I saying running around being fully charged with Hate? Of course not – but sometimes, situations beyond our control call for this type of approach.  Be careful out there, it’s a jungle!

“Positive Thinking” & How the Government Dominates Us?

You Just Need to Be “More Positive”

The Government, The Greens and many leftist factions right are really taking over Australia and punishing the masses.  Two of their clever tricks are “Labelling” and “Positive Thinking”.

That is, if you aren’t a fan of the Carbon Tax – let’s say due to the ideas of jobs going overseas, weakening the economy or you just can barely afford to survive financially as it is – the Leftist and the Government just label us:

– “Anti-Environmentalists”.

– “Global Warming Deniers”.

– “Negative”

– Etc Etc.

It’s really sad in Australia how people in the Media and the Government is really limiting free speech.  That is, the minute we disagree with something – they just attack us with the other extreme.   Just because we don’t want to destroy the Australian economy – we get accused by the far left of crazy ideas that we love “Destroying Forests” or whatever.

Unfortunately, these people really understand how to use “Labelling” and “Positive Thinking” against us.  Because, unless we agree with them – they just use these horrible labels and call us “Negative” and make out we are “Bad” people and the like.

Then, if you get sucked into their arguments, they con you into just being “Positive” so you just become Passive and don’t question or do anything about it.  “Positive Thinking” can be dangerous in the wrong hands, they use it as a weapon to dampen people with opposing arguments. Be careful it’s a jungle out there! Remember, the Government and these Leftist Factions are political machines and experts in manipulation.  As long as you remain aware what they are doing – they won’t suck you in!

[Edward’s Comment years later: Oh yeah, Tony Abbott is Prime Minster.  Yeah! We won in the end, ha ha to all you silly socialists out there!]