TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE
Anegative person is a victim of history, while a positive person helps shape history. The former simply laments the circumstances he finds himself faced with, while the latter rises above the circumstances and creates a new history.
It is common to be confronted with unfavourable and unwanted conditions. Something always happens that can be a cause for complaint. By reacting negatively, you become a passive victim of history, falling prey to the circumstances that surround you. People like this are constantly engaged in protest. They are incapable of doing anything positive or constructive.
On the other hand, there are other people who rise above circumstances and think positively. They form their opinions independently, and not out of reaction. Such people have, as it were, risen above history. Rather than being affected by the world, they help change the world. They become the shapers of history. All animals are products of history, but man’s status is such that through his struggles he can make history.
Negative-thinking is a deadly poison for anyone. It is tantamount to allowing your circumstances to strangle you. If you save yourself from negative-thinking and reaction, you can lead a positive, fulfilled life, no matter how difficult the external circumstances might seem.
A negative thinker allows his life to be determined by others and his
negative reactions to them. By contrast, a positive thinker stands on his own being.
The basis of negative thinking is the external world, the conditions that prevail outside of one’s self. In contrast, positive thinking is based on one’s inner self. A negative thinker allows his life to be determined by others and reacts negatively to them. By contrast, a positive thinker stands on his own being.
The most foolish person is one who, while being blessed with the opportunity to become an active participant in shaping this world, ends up becoming just a passive victim.o