On the Dangers of Superfluous Negativity

On the Dangers of Superfluous Negativity

Henry David Thoreau spoke on the dangers of superfluous negativity: on reliving things that are dark and tragic.

“If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned…One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications?”

Well put.

Everybody is guilty of this to some degree. We revisit an ugly topic more times than is necessary. We read about a particular war six times, instead of two. We read about a corrupt individual five times, instead of one. And so on and so forth.

To quote Kenny Rogers: “You gotta know when to hold…know when to fold them.”

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