Saturday, March 20, 2010

"People are Good"

If you could peel away all the outside stuff like behavior and pretending, do you think human beings are basically good?

I know there are some individuals in the world who think that people are essentially bad, and that goodness has to be pounded into us, more or less against our will. I don't buy it. I believe that people are basically good. Why, just look at a baby - any baby in the world - if you want to test the idea.

Babies aren't evil or resistant or fearful. Babies, given basic care and affection, are by nature happy little beings. This means that nearly all of us started out living in love and joy.

If you are not still living that way, it doesn't mean you are bad. It means that somewhere along the way you were taught to expect less. You behaved accordingly, and less is what you got stuck with. But you don't have to stay stuck. I have spent nearly 40 years helping people change, so I know it is possible. And those people are no smarter or better or capable than you.

Today and every day you have a choice to make: Do you want to be happy? Do you want to live a satisfying, productive, adventurous life?

If so, you can do it! Visualize it, affirm it in everything you do and say, and behave as if you already were! Start today, and get ready for a great tomorrow!

Lou Tice
The Pacific Institute

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