A blog post from Feld Thoughts, The Illusion of Progress, got me thinking about the power of our belief. Brad is wondering if he is being naive about his positive outlook. "I can’t decide if it’s me and my innate optimism, if there’s an illusion of progress, or if there’s a massive disconnect between reality and what mainstream media reports." But does it matter? Don’t we all just want to believe that life could always be completely fulfilling if we just made up our mind to do so by our beliefs?
I have a plethora of "sticky tweets" that I like to send out into the Twitter stream just to get things heated up a little bit. One I like to use is "What would John McCain do?". Another is "Is anybody NOT in sales? Anybody?". And a fan favorite is "81% of all statistics are made up!" These always get somebody to reply with something.
Since the recession hit I have been periodically sending out this sticky tweet: "The recession is over!! If we all believed it, would we be in one?" It gets retweeted often and I also get a lot of replies. Most replies are in agreement but sometimes I’ll get the "just because somebody believes something doesn’t make it so!"
I argue that if you do believe, and I mean REALLY BELIEVE something is true, it is. Even Jesus said "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." Was Jesus on to something? I think so – and perhaps this explains the testimonials about his miracles. Perhaps he had a God-like capacity to believe. And I bet he did.
What do you think? Do you believe?