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Posted By: Little Hawk
12-Feb-05 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Positive Thinking Satanic?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Positive Thinking Satanic?
While not wishing to consume a lot of calories arguing the point, McGrath, I suggest that you are mistaken. :-)

He who expects and seeks opponents in life finds them. He who adopts an "I'm not going to give in to the bastards" attitude is imagining himself to be under threat in life as a matter of course. He doesn't trust life or other people.

Now, he may really BE under threat sometimes, of course, in which case he must handle it in the most expeditious way possible. We can both agree on that. But it's secondary to positive thinking, which is not founded in girding oneself against the nasty World out there, but in finding positive things to do with one's time.

Gandhi didn't seek to attack the British, he sought to encourage Indians to strengthen their own national identity and independence. That's positive thinking. If he had thought in negative terms of attack, the British would have had a handy target to counterattack and destroy: a "terrorist". That would have been great for the British, and they would have been in India much longer.

Lao-Tse says that to oppose an enemy is to give it strength. To strengthen oneself instead is a much better idea.

The biggest troubles one usually faces in Life are one's own habits of negative thinking...about both self and others.