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Staying Positive In A Negative World

“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you, And I think to myself what a wonderful world” George Douglas / George David Weiss / Bob Thiele

So here we are sitting on the verge of ecological ruin, World War 3 and Armageddon, a complete economic breakdown, and an evil cabal seeking to enslave all mankind and I feel fine!! 

Walking a tight rope photoThe first step in staying positive in a negative world is looking at things honestly. Burying one’s head in the sand will not help the matter one bit. I don’t think I need to point out all the evil in the world. Furthermore, in addition to the general evil, I am sure in your private life that you have somebody vexing you.  There is the boss, or coworker, or neighbor or relative that is simply a thorn in your side. Well join the crowd we all have our problems and in most of our lives, they are severe.

Secondly one must understand that there are problems that we can fix and that there are problems that are too big for to individually face. For example, health problems could readily be assisted by exercise and diet. The massive stockpile of nuclear weapons is something that you can’t fix. So the idea here is if you can fix it then fix it. If you can’t fix it, then don’t stress over it. I am by no means suggesting that you do nothing. However when you recognize problems as beyond your ability to fix they become societal.

For example, the economic state of the United States is societal in nature. I personally can’t work because I am a full-time caregiver for my wife. If I had free health insurance then I would be greatly helped. Unfortunately, I don’t, but there are millions of people who are in my exact situation needing health care or good paying jobs. Thus my problem is shared by many and therein exists a whole host of sympathizers and allies. I am not alone and there is comfort in that.

Understand that any individual can change the world for the better. The way to do that is to work with others. There are plenty of groups and organizations that are trying to help others. It is important that you keep your eyes on the prize so to speak. Some groups purporting to fix the world’s problems are in fact cults or controlled opposition. Still, even if you find yourself in these environments you can still have a positive impact on the world. Remember that you are always in charge of what you do. You can do whatever you want in this world. Of course, you might have to pay severe consequences but you have the freedom to do what you want. If we all do a little a lot will get done.

An example is the strongest teacher. If you live a virtuous and noble life people will notice. In fact, people will copy and emulate your works. Remember people are watching. You can be the leader of tomorrow. You don’t need a position or a platform, simply do the right thing with consistency and things will fall into place.

To encourage you I suggest that you study history. There are many examples of people becoming aware of the mechanisms of evil and then doing something about it. I suggest you study the struggles of oppressed peoples, such as Native Americans, ‘African’ Americans, or the workers’ movement in the United States. Not only will you be educated and inspired but you will learn practical lessons and tactics.

Underlying the outlook of hope is the basic idea that you personally are hoping for better. Human beings were created by God to love one another. We are built with an inherent goodness in us. When we grow as a child our virtue dies and the wickedness takes hold. That is why in school they blatantly lie to children about certain truths only later in life, after the indoctrination takes place, to be told the truth.

Finally, there is a God of Love who controls everything. He is a God who is all powerful. If you ask why God isn’t fixing all the evil in the world well you have asked a great question. The answer is that God wants us to do our best to fix things. As his children, we need to grow in life and mature. Going through the bad times makes us better people. Suffering as unpleasant as it helps us. Furthermore to go through life fully loving and doing all you can to help others, well that is simply divine.

So do all you can do. Smile, say hello to strangers, speak out against the world’s evil and stay positive. A better world is a day away.

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Staying Positive In A Negative World

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Staying Positive In A Negative World. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/08/staying-positive-in-a-negative-world/

 

Last updated: 27 Aug 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Aug 2018
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