Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Barbara Ehrenreich on the darker side of positive thinking
It's got nothing to do with masks or my Goddess project (although a trickster mask, black and white, seems to be evolving on the worktable. Wonder what she has to say?) but I felt like sharing this fascinating animated video in which acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the "darker side of positive thinking", with an emphasis upon the corporate world.
At the movies recently Coca Cola announced some kind of program whereby they're going to save the polar bears, and we saw some happy, singing polar bears leaning against an iceberg drinking Coca Cola. Was I the only one stunned by the hypocrisy? Coca Cola addiction has produced millions of diabetics.............and is it really so easy to forget that the reason polar bears are becoming extinct is because our civilization, including the factories that produce Coca Cola, is changing our climate? Wouldn't it be better for children (and adults) to at least experience the truth, rather than soothing images of dancing polar bears?
I am not really a "positive" person by nature, and often have to work very hard to shift my consciousness away from habitual dark tracks. Sometimes, I don't want to. A good depression can inform one of authentic needs, a tantrum releases blocked or stagnant energy, getting pissed off is sometimes not only appropriate but absolutely necessary. Don't get me wrong..........I absolutely agree with the necessity for positive thinking and affirmation......but not at the expense of empathy and reality.
Sometimes the soul needs a wailing wall, sometimes spirit needs to ferment and incubate in its depressions, and sometimes the heart needs to tell its dark story in order to heal. Sometimes we need to face the truth, which gives us the power to be present.