posted on Oct, 13 2008 @ 12:15 PM
We've known the phrased question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?".
This typifies the polarity of attitudinal we can observe in an authors writing. How they say something can reveal how they face the subject
reinforcing the negative or the positive.
I think the phrase "Deny Ignorance" is equivalent to "Half Empty".
That is why I use the "Half Full" equivalent in my graphic.
Some times how we face a problem can potentate a positive or a negative result.
For example, if you are trying to help someone solve a problem, you don't criticize them for having the problem. You focus on solving it. Anything
else is not only unproductive, but injects more anxiety into the process reducing the abilities they might have for finding answers.
You think about this for a minuet and you get it.
If you are not helping a search for solutions, you are adding to the problem.
"Deny Ignorance" is an unproductive attitudinal approach. It gives the impression we must cut off the process of solving the problem by denying
it's reality. The better answer might be "Healing Ignorance", or similar.
When our solution is colored by anger, resentment or hate, we phrase with that color staining the words and focusing on the unproductive subject
rather than the productive we need to resolve.
If however we use positive expectation, reinforcing a positive solution, our words should be similarly positive and have a better probable result.
When dealing with children one of the worst ways to manage them is to constantly criticize and punish, focusing on the negative, in stead of
reinforcing their strengths and rewarding their talents, interests and success.
How many of us remember the teachers who celebrated our talents, and helped us with our problems. I will always remember these people with great love
and fond memories. They helped me focus on my good qualities, rather than the negative ones I found I would never be able to change because those
problems I had no actual ability. (Story for that.)
Focus on the negative, and you draw in more of same. Many examples and solid physiological, spiritual and practical knowledge show this clearly.
A quote from Mother Teresa when asked if she would join the Anti War movement She was heard to say, and I am paraphrasing, "I wont join an Anti War
movement, but will join a Pro Peace movement."
[edit on 10/13/2008 by ZeroGhost]