Entry Submitted by ubiety at 12:43 AM EDT on May 9, 2017
This is in response to Bookmarks posted today:
This post presents a quasi-mystical philosophy as though a universal and objective concept to interpret reality. This, of course, is irrational and unsuited to the facts we know.
The philosophy pushed at us here has current self-help groups that wish to empower their followers by offering power to shape their lives by resolute thoughts about their personal desires. While we do increase the likelihood of success in things on which we focus our minds and efforts, there is no legitimate research to show we literally and directly control our lives by intentions and thoughts - again, unless thoughts become actions.
More disappointing than facing the suggestion that not believing as the author of this post prescribes denies "disbelievers" any awareness of the RV/GCR occurring is that Old Testament scripture was used conspicuously out of context to falsely prove the self-help philosophy.
Taking words out of context so that the remaining words have a different meaning is the most crass manipulation. The words used in the post which fit this description are, "Remember, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he--i.e. we are what we believe."
First, a technique is applied which attempts to induce a false memory. Asking if you "remember", asking you to join the author in a supposed memory which he conveniently supplies, namely a proverb with the author's intended meaning. This brings us to the second component of the manipulation. The passage mentioned very closely follows the King James Version of Proverbs 23:7 but instead of allowing the real meaning shown simply in context, the author supplies a meaning which is useful to support his philosophy, but grossly distorting the real meaning of the proverb. This isn't a matter of opinion. The complete proverb simply says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee" - the words of a distracted man are don't show the focus of his attention, NOT "your thoughts become your reality".
Keep it grounded.