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Negaholism, Polyanna, Optimism: Reality or Unreality?

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I think many, if not most, of us have been jaded by life, and by the fact that--let's face it--we have been ruled by abnormal psychology in the White House during the past eight years. It's not the ordinary person who would send our kids to war based on a lie, who would have them fighting without adequate body armor, who would abandon Katrina victims to die, stage a false-flag terror event which shocks the entire world (not only our country) with fear and then lie about it, going about the war OF terror by sanctioning kidnapping worldwide and holding innocent "Terrorists" under torture without access to attorneys or hope of any kind.

This is not normal, folks, and of course we are all jaded! Of course we predict evil futures and mayhem and chaos!

But we are forgetting one thing. Most politicians--bought off as they may be--are not as crazy as all that! They may be unethical, but still they are not abnormal murdering types who giggle the words "I am a war president" on camera (Fahrenheit 911).

So if we are jaded it's understandable. However, I want to urge the negaholics on this forum to consider one thing:

Negativity is NOT the whole picture. It's only one part of it. The good is our core essence. Evil is our departure from that core essence. Some of us live in our light more than others, by choice and by ethical breeding--and by unethical breeding in other cases.

But the fact is that the essence is always there. And it's to be seen everywhere we walk. Civilians who are as unethical as those in public office are actually rare, if you look around you.

Let's please not let the Press sway our picture of reality. We are looking at "reality" under a microscope, zooming the lense in on the worst of all the darkness.

Criminals we read about in the newspapers are the exceptions and not the norm. The press only reports about them because sensationalism sells.

Let's not lose our perspective please. Most people desire to do good. That's the core reality.

I believe those who immediately shoot down positivity as "polyanna" are very wrong.

Call me innocent if you like, but I don't believe I am living in denial of the facts. I not only acknowledge the reality of light and dark, I indeed write about the dark all the time, blowing the whistle even when a lot of people wouldn't.

"Those who call others silly are being silly themselves" said my mother as I was growing up. Those who spoof off positivity are only confessing their own negativity. And to be perfectly honest, those people are the ones who earn their non-credibility, certainly in my eyes. I have learned not to let those negatively-oriented ranters rule my thinking anymore. Time is too precious to waste, and reality calls! "Reality", this time, being defined ultimately and on a core level by good---yes! Such a concept.

It may be commonly said that love is blind. I say that love sees. It sees the highest self in each of us. And that *is* the ultimate reality of who we are.

And the truth always wins. Let's not forget that WWII came to an end. The Holocaust came to an end. Republicans had to resign en masse, out of embarrassment to themselves. Republican citizens en masse defected and voted across the party lines. The wrong-doings of the wrong-doers does come back to haunt them and eventually it does pull them down. And it will. It will only take time. But it will happen.

(FYI I also believe that Democrats in public office have done lots of wrongs too).

To conclude, what I am saying is that "reality"-based thinking includes the light. Lots of it. To laugh it off is to not see the whole picture.

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This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul (more...)
 

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Kathryn,Thanks for your boost of positive attitude... by Richmond Shreve on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008 at 6:33:11 PM
over my time here at OEN I have enjoyed and agreed... by Jack Harrington on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008 at 5:04:26 PM
Hi JackThank you for writing about your concerns h... by Kathryn Smith on Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 3:28:16 AM
Yikes, I haven’t been on the OEN site for a ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 2:42:36 AM
Kathryn, I understand the basic sense of your arti... by Kitty Antonik Wakfer on Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 3:45:34 PM