While driving back from a sushi happy hour tonight, a friend of mine asked me if I thought a genocide similar to the Holocaust could ever happen again in a westernized country. My immediate, gut-level answer was “no,” but it was unjustified at the time. I’ve since had an opportunity to think about why I was so quick to answer “no,” though my reasons are still perhaps unjustified.
Speculative questions such as the one stated above are, well, speculative. There is no way we can provide answers to them; we can merely make guesses at them. No one can predict a mass genocide with 100% certainty, especially someone as poorly educated in history as me. I think the reason why I was so quick to answer “no” was because I’m very positive. I don’t know if a genocide can occur again, so I answer “no” because it’s a positive answer. Perhaps having a positive attitude is unrealistic, but hoping and dreaming is the first step to getting anywhere, right? Being positive will lead to more internal happiness, which will then rub off on other people. Especially for me, being around positive people like Jim, Eric, and others really gets me pumped and makes me feel good. As you become positive, your friends will become positive as well, making their friends positive, and the cycle will continue.
I think my claims here are very subjective, so perhaps many of you won’t agree with me. However, I will say that a world with 100% positive thoughts is better than a world with 100% negative thoughts, so I believe in working towards the 100% positive world, despite how unrealistic that might be. Someone might argue, “Well some people just aren’t naturally positive.” My response to that is that I will continue to be positive and try to have an optimistic view and a smile on my face as often as possible; I’ll have positive thoughts that I’ll rub off on them :).