Friday, October 25, 2013

Smile or die

"Embedded in all this is the idea that you change the physical world with your thoughts" (2:10). I especially appreciate how this was applied to the financial meltdown (around 4:00). Underwriters that saw it coming several miles away due to taking on bad risk were silenced or fired due to their 'negative thinking.' I personally experienced this as an underwriter with a company that increasingly took on terrible risks and when I raised legitimate concerns was told that I 'didn't fit in.' Fortunately I quit before they could fire me due to my dysfunctional sense of that terribly negative business downer, ethics. At around 5:30 she finds The Secret to be a prime perpetrator of this myth  in the most callous and cruel fashion imaginable. At around 9:00 she sees how this coincides with very conservative ideology in that if you're either rich or poor you deserve it, so why help the poor when it's their own damned fault? Also see her book Bright-Sided.


  1. From Timothy Moynihan, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic,* which facility uses a combination of the most advanced traditional and alternative healing modalities:

    "There's no scientific proof that a positive attitude gives you an advantage in cancer treatment or improves your chance of being cured. What a positive attitude can do is improve the quality of your life during cancer treatment and beyond. You may be more likely to stay active, maintain ties to family and friends, and continue social activities. In turn, this may enhance your feeling of well-being and help you find the strength to deal with your cancer."


  2. Also see this article and video:


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