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Manufactured optimism has become a method to make the poor feel guilty for their poverty, the ill for their lack of health and the victims of corporate layoffs for their inability to find worthwhile jobs. Megachurches preach the “gospel of prosperity,” exhorting poor people to visualize financial success. Corporations have abandoned rational decision-making in favor of charismatic leadership.
This mania for looking on the bright side has given us the present financial collapse; optimistic business leaders -- assisted by rosy-eyed policymakers -- made very bad decisions.
If you want to have a compliant populace, what could be better than to say that everyone has to think positively and accept that anything that goes wrong in their lives is their own fault because they haven’t had a positive enough attitude?
(Re:Obama) - He talks a lot about hope. And as a citizen I’d rather not hear about “hope,” I’d rather hear about “plans.”
What could be more irresponsible than to say, “If we just think it’s going to be alright, it’s going to be alright.”
If you want to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life - then be informed, act when it is necessary - failure to act because you don't want to upset anyone, or you are scared of violence is no excuse.
Originally posted by spitefulgod
the happy people are the ignorant people