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dreamers, critics, and realists

April 20, 2012
Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and a...

Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 dreamers, critics, and realists
It is natural to dream up new ideas in leisure time and possibly pursue some new exploration. It is also natural to become a critic when some dream or idea or possibility or inspiration is resisted or ridiculed or simply ignored by others. For instance, if others criticize my new focus, it is natural that I might criticize them, at least if I am more interested in the new focus than I am in the relationship with the particular person (or else I might just drop the new focus in favor of attracting their approval).

Nature (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

So, critics have the role of helping us sort through the possibilities that are only of passing interest and those that lastingly inspire. However, investing my own time in offering unsolicited criticism can be exhausting. I might be interested in socializing with others who share my criticisms of something I have been experiencing with fear or even rage.

And then there is the possibility of realismRealism does not criticize criticism nor dream of an end to dreaming. Each have their function.
With regard to a suprisingly frightening shift in economic trends, many may find someone to criticize. Others may find someone to share their dreams of an easy solution, choosing against an exploration of a new personal adaption. By the way, criticism is also a choice against exploring new personal adaptions.
Others are realistic about the importance of personal adaption. Many things are predictable but beyond control, such as the cold of winter or the darkness of night. What is predictable but beyond control can be adapted to, rather than just dreaming that autumn can skip straight to spring or that criticizing the darkness of dusk will make it brighter.
Many have been surprised by easily predictable developments in economic trends. I say easily predictable because I read several predictions starting in 2002, then I issued new ones of my own, and then I witnessed the responses of people not only to my predictions but to the manifesting of the exact sequence of “surprises” that I had been predicting.
Nature rewards realism. Nature can punish criticism that neglects to adapt, as well as dreaminess that neglects to adapt.
I am not saying not to find people who can accept your criticisms, for those may be people you would be willing to trust. Just keep adapting as well.
I am not saying not to explore “positive thinking” or “the law of attraction.” Just do so with an openness to adapt, rather than a rejection of adaptiveness that may actually harbor contempt or criticism. Nature does not owe us abundance. Abundance is a reward provided by nature sometimes for realism and sometimes for no obvious reason.
Those who reject or even criticize realism may find that nature does not reward such behavior. Nature rewards realism.
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stages of adaptive appreciation

October 14, 2011

The above audio contains a lot more clarification and information than the text below.

First, people begin innocent. Then, they are trained in how things should be and so become naively presumptive, though that is adaptive relative to the first stage.

Then, if the presumptive way does not work very well, some slight revisions are made in regard to the updated idealism of how things really should be, and now the reformed and refined presumptiveness becomes arrogance (as in self-righteousness). Again, that may be adaptive relative to the prior stage- using a more adapted model of presumptiveness.
Next, after perhaps a few distinct idealisms have been tried and have all failed to correspond to reality, a cynical perfectionism may develop. This is a reaction against all forms of presumptiveness, all models. This is a criticism against all forms of what allegedly should be. This can be called hypocrisy, for it is presuming that presumptiveness about how things should be is what should not be, which implicitly presumes that an innocent naivete is all that should ever be. Again, that may still be more adaptive than prior stages.
However, once that does not work well either, then humility and grace may eventually develop. Then there is an appreciation possible for every stage: naive innocence, naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, arrogant cynicism, and humility.
These stages of adaption can be regrouped in to three distinctions: innocence, perfectionism, and humility. Perfectionism includes naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, and arrogant cynicism.
We can even look at these as stages of appreciation. Initially, everything is equal. Then, various priorities and values are identified, learned and refined. Then, there is an appreciation for all models and all values and all priorities- just one at a time.
In other words, all of the models and presumptions are recognized as similar in that they are just models and presumptions. In any particular case, one or more models may be most relevant or useful. There can be an appreciation for each model as unique and for all models as only being models. There can be an appreciation for the creation of new models and discarding of old ones and naively or arrogantly clinging to certain ones or rejecting certain others.
Humility and appreciation may be two words for a single adaption. We might even call it “maturity.”

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