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Negativity: there's so much of it going around in the world that it's hard to stay positive. I don't know what promotes negativity, but one thing I'm certain of is that a lot of people work really hard to propagate it. Through the media, through newspapers, through the internet and even through personal contact, bad news travels faster than the speed of light. The front page of newspapers inevitably covers some sensationalized story which spoils our morning breakfast. When you turn on a television news channel, the chances of seeing a report on some violence in some part of the world is quite high. Then again, many people we meet in our daily lives seem to thrive on some kind of gloom and seem keen on sharing that with others. It's hard to stay positive in such a set up.
One thing I've learned is that negativity is such an easy trap to fall into. Pick any topic for discussion and it's possible to reinforce wrong notions and destroy goodwill very easily. And most likely, people pick up that bit very easily. Hard work which produces excellent results seldom make the headlines. But one small failure amidst all that success attracts the maximum attention. The successful launch of a space rocket takes up less space while a technical failure or a hitch is highlighted. It's not just the media either. It's also about some people who seem to take pleasure in highlighting the flaws of others in order to hide and cover their own insecurities. Maybe they feel better as a result of that. Maybe they want to ruin other people's joy and happiness when they themselves are so wrapped in misery so as to derive a sadistic pleasure out of doing so. No matter what, they spend all their lives at it, achieving very little else. It just takes a few drops of poison to ruin a whole pot of rice. Removing or extracting that poison from the food is probably a hundred times more difficult and time-consuming than putting it in in the first place. It's wiser to discard the poisoned food and cook afresh.
The only solution to kill negativity is to avoid it and remain positive. I have to emphasize that part. You have to avoid it. Combating negativity with positive energy can be time consuming and wasteful particularly in issues which really don't make any difference in one's life. It's much easier just to block one's mind from such issues and focus on what is really useful. For that reason I've tried hard to keep this blog positive in tone and content. I've found that being negative kills creativity to a large extent. On many occasions, I've been sorely tempted to criticize and condemn other people, but I've refrained from doing so because it can be an extremely addictive but worthless pastime. On so many occasions, I've been outraged by something I read either in the newspapers or on the internet, but I've refrained from commentary and put that out of my mind as quickly as possible. Maybe I can even get additional traffic by promoting controversy here. But in the long run, such content will only ruin the tone of my writings. It will ruin my creativity, it will kill my sense of humour and diminish the joy of writing. More importantly it will ruin my mood and plunge me into needless flame wars with random unpleasant strangers who are better avoided.
I've said it before in other ways, but for those who've always been wondering why I've never spoken out on sensitive issues on this blog, this is the answer. Negativity has that ability to suck up precious energy that can be better spent in productive ways.
Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 09:56 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 @ 20:21 IST)