“There’s No Crisis”
An often repeated quote says, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.” In fact the opposite is true, most people believe in a devil that does not exist. And this kernel is both a primary source in my successes and my authentic happiness.
Last month I was in LA to attend a conference with other trends and foresight experts. These conferences are a place for people who devote their careers to understanding change in our world and how we can prepare (and sometimes profit) from it. There, I heard someone say something so simple yet it was one of the most profound insights and observations I’d heard all week.
“There’s no crisis.” It was a casual reply to an equally banal question. But while it was perfectly simple it was exactly what I’ve long suspected too. There is no crisis.
There’s no economic crisis. There’s no healthcare crisis. There is no sanctity of marriage crisis. There’s no environmental crisis. There are no crises, no devils. None. There’s just change.
We only call it a crisis because we: 1. Don’t like the change. 2. Did not prepare for the change. 3. Don’t want to accept the change.
Noam Chomsky said optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe the future can be better, you’re unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. You see happy successful people always accept circumstances and rarely act like the victim. Lack of acceptance is the breeding ground for blame and excuses. Acceptance with a positive psychology fosters solutions and success.