The people who become our persons in this life can be an amazing source of Positivity.
If, like me, you find that overall people make you crazy, you understand this distinction. What it boils down to is those who we get close to in various ways are persons, as opposed to those who are the faceless masses we refer to as people.
People in this sense tend to drive us nuts. They cut you off on the road, they elect idiots to office, they disbelieve in scientific facts, etcetera. Most of us, at least my persons, generally agree that people suck.
Trouble is, we live in a world with more than 7 billion people. If we all have even a dozen persons, that means that we are surrounded by people. And we tend not to think well of people.
Dehumanization has been a tactic used to divide and conquer for time immemorial. All across human history peoples go to war, disagree about religion, possessions, social stratifications, and so on. Look at the whole NFL protest business happening now. The protesters are attempting to call attention to injustice and social inequality…but to dehumanize them, their detractors want you to think they are disrespecting men and women in the military.
While it is a great source of positivity to have our persons, looking at people in opposition creates more negativity. Consciousness creates reality. What we focus on and think about we tend to draw more of to ourselves.
When we think poorly of people in the general sense, we empower those awful things we don’t want. We give it attention and energy, and we further expand the chasm between those we call our persons and the general people of the world.
Think better of people.
This is a challenge. I often comment that people suck. I get angry about the vast amount of greed, selfishness, foolishness and ignorance constantly brought to the forefront of our collective consciousness. When we post memes on social media, read and watch news stories, and follow the tweets of the narcissist-in-chief, we get more deeply divided and as such, conquered.
We like, love and respect our persons. We tend to dislike, loathe, and disrespect people. I know that before I comment again about how much people suck, I am going to think about how disempowering that is, to both them and me.
Is it possible, if we extend the positivity we generate from our persons to people, we can make the world better?
Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.
Knowing that we think much better of our persons than we do people in general, we can get a sense of how we generate a lot of negativity. When we stop saying that people suck, and let ourselves be divided and disempowered, we can work on thinking about people more like our persons. Thus we empower them, and empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred ninety-second entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
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