Friday, October 16, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy

The other night (October 14, 2009) on The Daily Show, John Stewart interviewed Barbara Ehrenreich about her book Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.

In this clip from the interview, Stewart tries to get at the intent behind the 'power of positive thinking' message, made popular in books such as The Secret, especially as it relates to suffering and disease (in this case breast cancer). He suggests that while the encouragement offered to Ms. Ehrenreich to 'think positive' might not have been helpful in her experience, perhaps for others it would be "in the same way that if Jesus makes you stop drinking, isn't that okay...isn't it the result that matters?"

Is the answer to dealing with suffering something that is ultimately subjective? Is any solution as viable as the next as long as it gets results?

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