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Thread #78329   Message #1406464
Posted By: Little Hawk
11-Feb-05 - 06:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Positive Thinking Satanic?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Positive Thinking Satanic?
No, positive thinking, speaking, and behaviour are anything but satanic.

Believing in duality, though, might indeed be termed "satanic" and it is that type of thinking that presupposes the existence OF Satan in the first place! :-)

(unless you take Satan as a metaphor for man's own destructive thinking, which I do...)

I'll tell you what's satanic (in effect)...divisive and hostile thinking. Thinking which pits people against one another. Preferring to be "right" than to be happy or loving. Conspiring to dominate others and control their thoughts is satanic. Thinking which identifies otheres as enemies and proposes one's own superiority or exclusivity in comparison to those others is satanic. Hatred is satanic. Jealousy is satanic. Envy is satanic. Contempt is satanic. Loathing is satanic. Condemnatory judgement of others (and self) is satanic. Recognition of moral responsibility is positive.

It can be plainly seen that various extreme zealots on BOTH sides of any war or hostile dispute are indulging in various types of extremely negative thinking.

Thinking which divides is negative. Thinking which unites is positive.   Examine the lives of Gandhi and Jesus for pointers on positive thinking.

As for the Net, Dewey, yes it is full of much negativism and wild, sensationalist stuff....some of which is probably true, much of which is not. Figuring out which is which is tricky, but whatever one decides may be true, it should not lead one to hate other people, regardless of whether one disagrees with them on some political issue or not.

It should be possible to disagree with people and still respect them...and possible to see your imperfect self in their imperfect self. If you can do that, you will feel compassion for them.

That's my take on it.