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so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


"Be positive". This is one of those advises that people give to cheer someone up when he/she is upset over something. Of course, this advice is quite logical and it is never a good idea to maintain a negative state of consciousness in any period of your life. However, like many of the advanced organisms that are prevailing on this planet, human being is a psychologically complex creature. Based on that particular person's logic, any event can be interpreted in countless ways.

For example, let's say there are two people who luckily, find a $100 bill on a sidewalk he/she was walking on in an exactly same way. As an additional setting, let's say one of these two are extremely religious and one is not. For the religious one, he/she may interpret this occurrence as an act of God; a reward for all the good things he/she had done. If he/she interpreted this event this way, he/she would sure be happy for a long span of time and the degree of that happiness must be tremendous.

On the other hand, even if the second person finds that $100 in an exact same way, he/she will just feel lucky and this happiness would be a lot more insignificant compared to the former case.

This is probably one of the traps people can fall into by taking a positive state of mind. When your reality mismatches your expectation, you can possibly fall into melancholy, even if that result may give joyful result to others. It's an obivious fact, but happiness is relative.

So, I'm beginning to think that positive way of thinking must have its limits and be controlled in a way you can experience your largest degree of happiness. You must not expect too much and think how you are lucky for achieving your will in case you do. This way, you can feel a lot more happier with a same occurrence and not feel depressed in case your will fails to realize.


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