A rant for a moment on negativity that runs through our society. Just a small observation… here in Phoenix where it rains very little, of course, we’ve had something like 2 or 3 inches all year. If you were to watch the news (I did once a couple of weeks ago) you would learn how concerned we should be over the lack of rain. Never mind that we live in a desert and the reason it’s called a desert is because periodically we don’t get enough rain. Recently we got a couple inches of rain over the weekend. If you were to watch the news (which I didn’t but I know this happened) you would learn that you should be concerned about how much rain we got… roads washed away, cars stuck, floods, etc… Doesn’t anyone else notice this? This use of fear to constantly assault us? Why do they do it? Because it sells.
Fear is an easier sell than hope.
• Modern Medicine? Essentially focused on fighting disease instead of building health.
• Clinical Psychology? Focused on pathologies instead of optimism. (Dr Dan Baker in his book, What Happy People Know, written in 2003 cites that at recent count, “there have been 54,040 professional articles written on depression and 415 on happiness.”)
• How bout marketing and advertising? Do they not prey upon your fears of not having enough, not being good enough, sexy enough, smart enough, etc…?
What about the educational system, economy, religion...? Hmmmm...
The world is selling fear. Are you buying?