I love it when spiritual people actually have a depth of thinking, that sees through the BS and ‘gets it’.
From the article…
“The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.”
“Positive thinking is the only bullshit philosophy that America has contributed to human thought – nothing else. Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest, Vincent Peale – all these people have filled the whole American mind with this absolutely absurd idea of a positive philosophy.
And it appeals particularly to mediocre minds…
The negative is as much part of life as the positive. They balance each other.”
“You ask me: Am I against positive philosophy? Yes, because I am also against negative philosophy.
I have to be against both because both choose only half the fact, and both try to ignore the other half.
And remember: a half-truth is far more dangerous than a whole lie, because the whole lie will be discovered by you sooner or later. How long can it remain undiscovered by you? A lie, of course, is a lie; it is just a palace made of playing cards – a little breeze and the whole palace disappears.
But the half-truth is dangerous. You may never discover it, you may continue to think it is the whole truth. So the real problem is not the whole lie, the real problem is the half-truth pretending to be the whole truth; and that is what these people are doing.”
I’ve always known ‘positive thinking (only)’ was unhealthy. I see it in the survivor arena all the time. People are told they should consider their trauma in positive only terms. They should consider positive reasons for the abuse.
To me, that is incredibly unhealthy and does not lead to healing.
But, unless someone has the capacity for rational thinking…… they will fight against this. Especially if they use ‘positive thinking’ as a coping strategy.
I will continue to write about and share what I consider to be far more rational and healthy thinking.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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