The Negatives of Optimism

I’ve been accused many times of being too negative. My late friend Gerald sometimes called me Mr. Negative, though he could run circles around me when it came to pessimism and cynicism.

I’ve never bought into the notion of positive thinking. There’s so much B.S. about it. For example, you can change reality. Only God can change reality. You’ve no doubt heard of the book entitled Think and Grow Rich. The title sums up the main idea of what to me is positive thinking taken to the level of delusion.

But there’s a down side to optimism that goes beyond my opinion of it. It’s a form of self deception. Here’s a quote from an article I saw about it recently.

“Positive thinking makes people feel comfortable with their present state.”

You may ask, What’s wrong with that? Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve? If you’re so happy you’re comfortable with where you are, will you ever reach those goals?

People I know who are preppers talk much about situational awareness. But why be aware of your surroundings and possible dangers if everything will be OK?

I’m not suggesting we live in the dumps all the time. That’s not healthy either. But optimism needs to be tempered with realism. The Scriptures show us the way to balance our thinking.

Think on these things for a while, and if you want to read more, see the article entitled Here’s Proof That Optimism Can Actually Ruin Your Chances Of Success.

Philippians 4:6-9–
6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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