|To the Editor: Don't let negativity and paranoia rule|
|Written by Norma Davenport|
|Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:21|
I recently read Carlene Creps' Letter to the Editor published on January 15th. After learning about Ms Creps' fears regarding our government, I had to look over my shoulder just to make sure that Jack Nicholson, from "The Shining," was not standing behind me. With due respect, Ms Creps, with all of your assumptions & insinuations, I felt compelled to offer some suggestions for relieving a troubled mind and for anyone who may be suffering from anxiety and/or paranoia.
We all need to monitor what we say to ourselves on a daily basis. If we have a negative voice in our heads that is taking up residency without adult supervision or paying rent, we need to challenge that voice with a reality check. For example, do you really think that our president begins each morning by telling himself, "This is the day that I plan to bring down our precious country?" Do you know the president well? Do you see inside his heart & mind?
Fear-based thinking can be a destructive force, especially, in our divisive culture today. We need to tone down the angry rhetoric that serves to blame others for all of our problems. Somewhere, along the way, civil, respectful discourse between people who disagree has lost its place. Gandhi was once asked, "What do you think of Western Civilization?" to which he replied, "I think it would be a good idea."
I am also concerned about children who grow up believing the world is a scary and dangerous place. I ought to know, I was one of those children. Of course, parents need to be responsible for their children's safety by informing them about such issues as "Stranger Danger" and guidelines for dialing 911. However, when children are raised in an atmosphere of negativity, criticism, and suspicion, their sense of reality is distorted and they can become paralyzed with fear.
In closing, critical thinking is an important skill whether we do our research through the internet, books, magazines or newspapers.
Thoughtful, literary accounts should not be based upon half-truths or our own fearful projections upon the world. As Marianne Williamson points out in her book, Illuminata, "The world is, in fact, our collective projections of love and fear, hopes and conflicts. In taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings, we play our part in the healing of the world."
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