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OPTIMISM - GOOD, AND ALSO SOMETIMES DANGEROUS
Today, good optimism vs dangerous optimism. Then, doing what we can. Finally, a possible further step in terms of being the change I want to see in the world.
I read something that stunned me the other day - something negative about optimism. I'm used to seeing optimism as a strong positive force - optimists recover faster from all kinds of illnesses, for instance.
But here's what I read. You have to face "the most brutal facts of your current reality" and at the same time "you have to retain faith that you will prevail in the end regardless of the difficulties." This is from Admiral Stockdale, who survived 8 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Next he was asked about which kind of people didn't make it: "Oh, that’s easy. The optimists. . . They were the ones who said, 'We’re going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come. . . Then they’d say, 'We’re going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart."
In other words, believing things will be easy is a dangerous form of optimism. But the utter conviction that we will make it, no matter what, is a powerful positive. I would define this as healthy optimism.
Islam and political correctness - a tough combination to counter. I think we all recognize that - and can use a big dose of healthy optimism.
Yet sometimes, actually, amazingly good things happen. Great Britain votes to leave the European Union and take back its autonomy. Geert Wilders is way ahead in the polls in the Netherlands - likely to be the next prime minister (if he doesn't get sent to jail first). And it's very likely Hillary Clinton will be no match for Trump. I will be pleased to see Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter - instead of Hillary's Lies Don't Matter.
Of course none of it is easy - in Great Britain, those for remaining in the European Union have been trying their best to push aside the result of the referedum, to find a way to remain.
All the same, sometimes one good thing connects with others. There are movements in just about every other European country to also leave the EU.
I don't know what tomorrow will bring. But at this moment, it feels like some good winds are blowing - not only the ill winds of ISIS.
One thing I do know. It's important for all of us to keep trying to do something effective. A friend remembers an early encounter with me. He talked about all that was going wrong in the world. So what are you doing, I responded. I don't remember saying that. But yes, that is my standard response: What are you doing?
One recent thing I did is write again to the only person in the huge energy community whom I've found at all aware that Islam could be a negative force. The general response, if Islam is seen at all, is something like: we must beam more love.
Even this person was not eager to rush into knowing more about Islam.
Last November, after a bit of an exchange, he asked that I let him go at his own pace.
So I let 8 months go by. Recently I wrote to him again, and he reminded me of his request.
What follows is part of my answer. I'm not saying it's right or wrong. It's just one more action it felt right to take:
My sense is that I have let you take it in your own way for quite a while.
Important for me: this isn't just about you or me - individuals. My sense is you don't have a clue about the dangers we're facing - like Chamberlain didn't have a clue about Nazism. On the other hand, after the war, Churchill continued to ask himself: was there any way he could have reached through faster. He warned people about Hitler and Nazism for a decade, and only got heard after Hitler was bombing Britain.
Does it make sense to always let you go at your own pace?
My own sense is that there is something more important than letting all people go at their own pace re the dangers we're facing.
The massacre in Nice - that happened because so many people were going at their own pace re Islam, so many people refusing to see what is in plain site. The same for the massacre in Orlando, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, and on and on and on.
Imagine your advice being given to Cassandra: let Trojans go at their own pace.
People like me - and Geert Wilders and Bill Warner and Nonie Darwish and on - like Churchill and those like him, earlier on - are trying to reach people to lessen the devastation. The jihad attacks are growing in number.
For you, what matters, it seems, is not to be pushed.
Tell that to the survivors of the attacks. (You can't tell it to those who have been massacred.)
You can push me away, push away my words. So very easy.
A quote comes to mind. All it takes for evil to grow is for good people to do nothing - like by not facing what is happening.
I don't know if the email had any impact. I haven't heard back.
Final thing. A quote that stays in my mind is "Be the change you want to see in the world." A change I would like to see is someone who combines concern with energy and concern with Islam and political correctness. I wonder, will I have to volunteer myself? I don't have the answer. Stay tuned.
To explore a bit about this side of myself, concerned with wellness and flourishing, you can take a look at the Wellness Emporium: http://wellnessemporium.net
One aspect of flourishing that needs to be looked at is what I call "dark forces": http://wellnessemporium.net/dark-forces
And now, all the best to all who care and dare,
July 24, 2016
PS. A reminder: there is a fund raising drive underway for Geert Wilders - a major force for truth and against Islam. I've heard him called the bravest man in the world. He's lived for over a decade with round the clock security - but will not stop speaking out. Now he's facing a trial which may result in his going to jail before he has the chance to be elected prime minister of the Netherlands. For more information and to donate: http://westindanger.com/geert-wilders.html
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posted July 24, 2016
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