a reply to: _damon
There is so much truth and wisdom in what you have just shared with us, that I actually feel bad attempting to point out the small areas of concern
that I, personally, have noticed. It would be a shame if ANYONE reading this thread goes on to see this reply of mine and concludes "OK, Dark Ghost is
right, probably best to ignore most of what _damon has said because his views might not be 100% airtight as a whole." (Despite the fact that none of
MY own views are 100% airtight either, but my views as the author of this thread, if they struck a strong chord with the reader will probably be
favoured over a reply from a non-author of the thread.)
Perhaps readers besides myself and _damon feel a bit insulted by that, for me to assume they "need" me to say this on their behalf, as though they
themselves cannot only take the useful from _damon's reply and still acknowledge the criticism from this reply and view them as plausible. Well, that
is NOT my intention, but I have seen this happen in the past and I have personally felt this my way in the past as well. So better to clarify before
than be accused after. I have faith that 90% of people reading this thread do not need this explained, but the 90% are not the ones with the most to
gain by taking the thread seriously, it's the other 10% that are. Now that we have acknowledged that, let's get on with it.
My 3 criticism's for _damon's reply:
1) The "everything is connected" idea can be very useful in most circumstances, but it can also be extremely harmful in other situations as well. To
acknowledge that any non-thought based
action you take or ESPECIALLY any non-thought based
action you take without first thinking
reasonably about it beforehand can lead to very positive or very negative consequences for others is indisputable.
I am using the term "non-thought based action" because thinking/to think is technically considered a verb (or action) when in reality it should not be
in the context of our discussion. (I can stand up, walk to the fridge and take a drink out, then head back to my chair and sit back down. The drink
being on my desk in front of me did not, and cannot, get there by me thinking it will if I don't get up at all and grab it myself.)
Our thoughts/thinking can only negatively harm ourselves. Brainwashing or mind-controlling others is an action and has nothing to do with thinking
itself. The only time we can negatively harm anything other than ourselves is through action. Some people think that "thought ultimately leads to
action", which I VERY MUCH dispute because from my own experiences and from hearing the experiences of many others too, this is NOT true. As I said,
and with the SOLE exception of somebody who is literally mentally insane
(not through diagnoses alone but also through behaviour that can be
best explained by their mindset, but not 100% confirmed because you cannot view somebody else's mindset directly), thought/thinking no matter how
terrible or unreasonable CANNOT lead directly to ANY form of action that can harm others. It's not possible — or at least not provable to be
possible at this stage.
The key point I am getting at with this first criticism is this: the "everything is connected" theory can be dangerous when you start to believe that
"oh, I just thought about smashing my boss in the face and quitting work because of how he treats me...whoops better not explore why
that way in case I end up doing it and getting in serious trouble. Guess I'll just be quiet and let it continue. Better than smashing him in the face,
going to jail and being removed from my family because of my actions which would be a far worse situation than just copping the current abuse and
mistreatment for as long as I need to."
"I can't believe I just bought a TV. Over half the world's population cannot even eat or drink properly and here I am buying something I
don't even need. Shame on me— wait, I better be careful where these thoughts are going, I don't want to end up putting my situation into context and
being realistic. I am going to return the TV right now. Then I will go home, find out if any reputable charities will take all the money I have as
soon as possible and assure me that it will go to those in need. Once I've confirmed this, I will do it. Those starving kids are more important than
me alone and if I didn't do what I'm about to do, nothing will change. Therefore I want to demonstrate I am NOT a hypocrite and WILL do it now!"
I hope you get the point I am trying to make because it is a significant one.
2) The "power of manifestation" idea.
This relates back to your "everything is connected" argument from before. The difference here is that you are saying not only do your own
thoughts/actions manifest into an overall negative mindset for yourself, but rather that having so many people across the planet sharing the same
mindset as a result of their thoughts/actions, it is negatively affecting those that do not have a negative mindset. That would be true, but only if
there was no realistic way for them to refrain from associating with negatively minded people as best they can. You might say "but didn't you argue
just before that I was wrong, that the planet having an overall negative frequency can affect anyone living on Earth? Didn't you just prove my point,
Dark Ghost?" No, I did not, and I will explain why.
People (who are either neutrally minded or positively minded) that refuse to avoid negatively minded people to a reasonable degree, are choosing (yes,
making a free decision) to not improve their own lives, and are also consenting to having the quality of their lives deteriorate. There are
obviously a small percentage of people in Western countries (I cannot reasonably estimate for the global population, but for people in the West which
I am part of, I would estimate 10% maximum)
who cannot avoid interacting with negatively minded people on a day to day basis, who are the
exception and I feel compassion for them.
So the percentage of 10% is small, and the actual number of people in this position seems large enough to warrant concern, but what can people NOT in
this position do to help these people that ARE? Aside from people that ARE coming out and saying "I am in this situation, please help me escape it!"
There is no other realistic way because you cannot objectively see every single person who is in that situation — most seem bitter/unhappy to an
extent, but if they are not acknowledging that they cannot help themselves and need help, how can the situation change?
The key point I am making with this criticism is as follows: the idea that there is a metaphysical force surrounding the Earth that prevents most
people from doing anything to change from a negative mindset to a neutral or positive one, a force that can only be broken if the vast majority of
people on Earth become positively minded is absurd. The vast majority of people on Earth CAN take actions to improve their lives AND the lives of
those closet to them (as long as those close to them are not negatively minded to a ridiculous degree).
edit on 14/4/2017 by Dark Ghost because: (no reason given)