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Comment by John Grow on November 29, 2009 at 2:39pm
Agreed, but the degree to which a Christian can put that aside determines how conservative they really are. Love is funny though. It is possible, I agree. I just wonder about all the cognitive dissonance involved.
Comment by John Grow on November 28, 2009 at 9:46pm
Ecce: It is totally possible for someone who is not religious, and a super conservative christian to get along perfectly well.

I daresay a combination that extreme in polarity might not last. Especially when one party believes the other is doomed to go to hell if they do not "repent."

Plus, the superiority complexes on both sides will not make for extra harmony. ;-)
Comment by John Grow on November 28, 2009 at 6:41pm
Funny you should mention cancer patient. The author of Bright-Sided is a writer with a background in cell biology who had a bout with breast cancer. It figures into the book.
Comment by Jo Jerome on November 28, 2009 at 6:34pm
I mean even the most hardened of Western doctors will agree; all other things being equal, the cancer patient with a positive, fighter attitude will generally do better than the one with the negative, defeatist attitude.

When it gets dangerous is when the New Agers start replacing - rather than supplementing - real treatments for "Wish your troubles away."

I have a sister who's very into that. Everything wrong in my life is because I just don't think happy enough. Of course, ask her why her own life is fucked up and you'll get a paranoid diatribe of how-dare-you-turn-this-on-me, but...
Comment by Jo Jerome on November 28, 2009 at 6:31pm
Being surrounded by quite a bit of New Age, it's mind-boggling how many ways people can take the very good (and legitimate) advice of "Live well, think positive," and market it as a magical cure-all that can be yours for just a few hundred/thousand dollars...
Comment by John Grow on November 28, 2009 at 3:12pm
Dallas: This book has been recommended to me several times:

Add another recommendation. A great book. An interesting look into positive psychology, a glimpse at the megachurch movement, and how we're still not far enough from the poison of John Calvin.
Comment by A Former Member on November 28, 2009 at 2:01pm
Julia: I tried to change things with my thoughts but it didn't work.

This book has been recommended to me several times: Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has...
Comment by John Grow on November 28, 2009 at 1:47pm
Yeah I tried it too, but Eva Mendes didn't show up with the sackload of cash & blow like she was supposed to. Darned Secret got me again.
Comment by John Grow on November 28, 2009 at 9:34am
Oprah didn't write it, but she might as well have. It was an Aussie named Rhonda Byrne. And of course it has "huckster" written all over it. I mean, if it were *this* easy, we'd've heard about it a long time ago.

Here's the link to the tripe on Amazon...
Comment by John Grow on November 27, 2009 at 1:20pm
"The Secret" is basically good ol' wishful thinking mated up to a dangerous misunderstanding of quantum theory. Or, if you want to put it another way, a brilliant way of marketing to poor understanding of science and human gullibility.

Wish I'd thought of it, though it seems I lack the variable morality involved in conning my fellow man.
 

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