“A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself. Self-fulfilling prophecy, in the beginning, is a false definition of the situation asking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the beginning,” said Robert K. Merton in 1968 from his book Social Theory and Social Structure.
Maybe, I can say it plainer. Thought creates belief; belief creates behavior; behavior creates experience. This is not a fake experience. It is very real! It has consequences, in some cases deadly. At last count at least two very real people committed suicide because of Bernie Madoff. It is not an illusion that the world’s markets have lost over thirty trillion dollars! Take a look at it. 30,000,000,000,000. It is a three with thirteen zeros after it! The U.S. budget for 2008 was just under three trillion. Ten years worth of what it cost to run our country has been wiped off the books! Is this our imagination? No, it is very real. We made it so nothing spreads faster than fear; even light pales in comparison. Here’s a question: what have we lost that can’t be replaced? Jobs? Homes? Cars? Stuff? It can all be replaced. Lives? Can we get back all those service men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan? We can’t get back our loved ones from the World Trade Centers either. My dad always told me life wasn’t fair, but that it was unfair to everyone made it fair. Today in an elevator I struck up a quick 45 second conversation with a woman. I wished her happy Friday Eve! (It’s Thursday today.) It put a smile on her face. “What a wonderful way to look at it,” she said.
Our thoughts aren’t clouds. What we think as positive or negative has consequences. Seriously, would it really hurt our sense of reality if for one day a week all news agencies couldn’t report anything negative? What would the effect be? The media is trying to clean up its image by ending the week or nightly news with a making the difference story. Well, I’m sorry; it’s not making a difference! If you show blood and carnage for 25 minutes and then they hand me a cupcake to wash it down with, it doesn’t work! In an economics book I read once, it said that advertisers showed it was easier to sell a product that is packaged as 95% fat free instead of contains 5% fat! Same news, same story, but one is easier to swallow. One gets us to buy. At the end of 2007 General Electric’s value was $500 billion. Today it’s 60 billion! It has lost almost 90% of its value! Why? Does anybody really truly believe G.E. is going out of business? No. But if we continue to pull back our support from the things and people we believe in, then our nightmares will become a reality. We went through the Great Depression once. Do we really want to live through a sequel? It’s up to you, what do you think? Really, what do you think? It matters!