If I had a Australian Dollar, Euro, or even a few Yen for every time I have heard a “Positive Thinker” talk about how beautiful the world is – I would have more than enough to fly to the moon and back. A few people and books have talked about “Abundance Thinking” and how just through “Visualization” you can get whatever you want.
Hmmm. That is an interesting concept. Why haven’t all the poor people in the world though about this before?
Wow this is so profound. I wish I got told this years ago. So are you saying that:
– If I am a poor Starving person in Africa, India or North Korea – all I have to do is visualize food and be positive and I will get a nice Fat Fried Chicken on my plate?
Well, yes – that is exactly what they are saying. However, when I have this debate with people – there seems to be all these “Interesting Clauses & Exceptions” to protect their thinking in the case that any “Negative Person who doesn’t think Abundantly” attacks it.
For example, when I brought up this argument with someone who thought that money is “Just so easy to make”, their answer (after a 10 second Tony Abbott like pause) was to the effect of:
– You just have to be positive.
This is where the whole concept of the extreme of positive thinking completely breaks down and one must rational and realistic about things. Positive Thinking is the type of logic that says that no matter what happens, just ignore reality and focus on “What you want it to be”.
I think examples such as World War II, Colonel Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein all back up the contrary quote of:
– “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke.
Besides extreme examples such as above, dangerous extremes of “Positive Thinking” can become incredibly hazardous when we have problems in our lives – and choose not to deal with them and just focus on “Positive Thoughts”.
Now, I know what some people who are reading this blog is saying. Ed, you are “So Negative”, “You don’t think Abundantly”, you think in terms of “Scarcity”. I know that, because I have heard people accuse me of this before. When I turn around and ask them what they think of the world, I usually get some fake answer to the effect of:
– It’s a great and wonderful place.
That’s nice – so you think all the people suffering in the world and our society is “Wonderful?”. That is what you are telling me? Would you care to re-phrase that? This is the key problem with “Positive Thinking” – it can put us into a state where we don’t take action to fix problems. Like stopping evil people as above, fixing problems, solving issues in advance – you only pick that up by being “Critical’.
You can’t wish a broken arm away, just as much wishing you had $1,000 in your wallet doesn’t make it suddenly appear. So I challenge the “Positive Thinkers” out there to come forward and prove me wrong! Show me how thinking of $1,000 put’s it into your wallet. I have unfortunately been sucked into extremes of “Positive Thinking” – usually as a means of people trying to (and unfortunately) successfully getting into my hip pocket. Balance is king! Nothing beats Rationalism.