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There are some kinds of fact, some kinds of truth, that it is better to ignore, to not know, to not think about. For example, in the work-world life can be very cruel. Some bosses, it is true, can be very ruthless, heartless and hard; can view their workers not as human beings but as things to be used and thrown away when they are no longer profitable. Wherever there is organization, wherever you have one person over another, there is the possibility of unfairness, injustice, cruelty and personal tragedy. But it is better for a worker never to think about such possibilities. It is indeed very dangerous for him to let his mind dwell on such dismal possibilities. It is much better for him to just trust, believe and assume the best --- to have faith in God and in people. Why? Because by letting your mind dwell on such dismal, negative thoughts as these (even though they may be very realistic and honest possibilities, even though they may be true, the world may be quite as bad as you say), you do something to yourself that almost insures your own downfall and destruction. What do such thoughts do to you? They make you afraid. They make fear a way of thinking, feeling and responding to life and people. They destroy self-confidence. They make you unhappy, angry and bitter towards life and people. They make you dislike and hate people. They make you confused, frustrated, fearful and shy. And what do lack of confidence, fear, distrust, anger, confusion and frustration do to you? They degrade your performance on your job, make people dislike you, and promote your own downfall and failure. Thus, whereas the dismal possibilities that you have been dwelling on may have been very remote and unlikely to start with they are actually brought to reality by yourself, by your own thought. In most jobs the most important thing a person can have is a confident and happy spirit. When he loses that he immediately has several strikes against him and the sledding becomes much rougher. What is more, when he gets people disliking him injustices accumulate and his mind tends toward such pessimistic and negative thoughts with even more cause. And we have a vicious circle in operation which causes the situation to keep degrading more and more. In our modern society, in literature, on TV, etc. much is made of Realism. Life is depicted as stark, ugly, cold and cruel. Realism in literature and drama is viewed as good and praiseworthy. Is it? Is it healthy? Does it not do just what we have mentioned above --- create fear, anger, and lack of confidence? Doesn't it shape attitudes and outlooks of pessimism, cynicism, distrust, dislike of people, etc.? And if it does this to adults what does it do to children (with their impressionable minds)? Doesn't TV cause people to think certain ways, to expect certain things from people and life (in general, all negative, pessimistic things)? Might not this have a lot to do with many of the problems of this country (i.e. high rates of divorce, crime, alcoholism, etc.)? Mar 1978 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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