I love using the term “dangerous thoughts”. It encapsulates precisely what I feel the need to describe. A dangerous thought is a destructive thought that is tempting, but ultimately not true.
For example, racism. Imagine if you grow up, and know a lot of black criminals. A dangerous thought would be to think that black people are criminals. From your perspective, it seems true – your experience has led you to believe it. In reality, the thought is very destructive, and is ultimately not true. Crime doesn’t originate from skin color, it originates from social conditions (and some other things probably).
Racism is an easy example though. There are much more clever dangerous thoughts though.
What about intention manifestation? I believe that intention manifestation is a dangerous thought. This is why:
Intention manifestation says that: “You get what you think about, in accordance to the law of attraction. If you aren’t getting what you want, then you need to change your thoughts. If you’ve changed your thoughts, and you STILL aren’t getting what you want, then really you haven’t changed your thoughts… you are canceling yourself out with other thoughts.”
Why is this dangerous? Well, first – it’s tempting. We would all love to think that we can wish and get whatever we want. It’s a really nice idea! I want a genie too! All I have to do is think the right thoughts (and listen to my emotions), and I’ll get what I want! Hurray!
But there’s a much larger reason for why this thought is dangerous. Any failure is a failure of the believer – never a failure of the theory. Now, forget that we’re talking about intention manifestation for a second. Imagine we are talking about some random theory about reality. And imagine that this random theory states at the end, “If you observe this theory to be untrue, then this theory states that it is a result of you not believing entirely in this theory.”
If the theory is, in reality, untrue – how could you prove it? What if my theory was, “Trees have learned to speak English. If you cannot hear a tree speak English, it’s because you don’t believe they can, and trees can also read minds and become offended by people like you, so they refuse to talk to you.”
Now, of course trees can not speak English, nor are they capable of such highly accurate telepathy . But how can you disprove such a theory? Any attempt to disprove it will result in “well, of course you never hear the trees – they won’t allow disbelievers to hear them. You just proved the theory is true!”
You can see how ridiculous this is. And hopefully you can also see why I label this sort of thinking as “dangerous”. You can easily get caught in a loop – forcing yourself to believe something in order to test the theory.
I propose a new thought-suggestion:
Thought Suggestion 132: I will not attempt to test theories that require belief in the theory in order to be tested. It is the fault of the theory for not providing a way for healthy thinkers to verify the theory without mandating a belief system.
You’ll notice that a lot of religion gets cut deep with this suggestion as well. “If you observe Christianity to be untrue, then really you’re just being fooled by the Devil, and you must believe even more in Christianity in order to overcome the Devil.”