By: Zy Marquiez
January 3, 2016
“Negative emotions are like unwelcome guests. Just because they show up on our doorsteps doesn’t mean they have a right to stay.”
– Deepak Chopra
This idea of this post was in response to an avalanche of negative comments on a particular video.
In said video, evidence was discussed and particular theories bandied about. Said theories prompted two separate tidal waves of emotion: positivity and negativity.
In particular, the negativity wasn’t just random venting, or just having a different point of view. The negativity came in the form of personal attacks. That’s a very precise type of negativity. It came out in full blown hatred through most comments as a matter of fact. This tidal wave of emotion left many people feeling dejected.
Whether the video was accurate or incorrect, isn’t the point of this analysis. What the point of this observation is how much time is spent being wasted by the mere act of spewing negativity over the course of that individual’s life.
The nascent point in this observation is 30 minutes a day. This seems like a reasonable assumption given that there are many people that spend much more time than that spewing hatred, literally every day.
To this we will multiply this by 365 days, and ultimately by 50 years of life.
Here’s the math:
30 minutes a day of complaining
30 minutes * 365 [days] = 10950 minutes
10950 minutes x 50 [years] = 547,500 minutes
547,500 minutes / 60 [to get total hours] = 9125
9125 hours / 24 [to get total days] = 380 days
Please keep in mind, these numbers are conservative. Some people will spend a lot more time than this, sometimes a few multiples of that.
The higher the quality of consciousness of an individual, the lower the probability of them engaging in errant negative behaviour. Not everyone is like that though.
After that tsunami of negativity that took place, it makes me wonder how much time the average person in their life takes part in this type of negativity. And to be more precise, this isn’t just random venting and such. Am talking about precise ad hominem attacks fueled by hatred/ignorance. The kind of substance that deteriorates the soul of an individual. That also doesn’t cover many of the detrimental side effects of negativity such as stress and such.
All of this is just food for thought.
This whole event is definitely something quite noteworthy, even if it is just a piece a larger puzzle.
It truly makes curious as to all of the things that drive people to choose to act in such a manner.
Regardless of what takes place, don’t allow the actions of other individuals to mar your inner sanctum.
“Don’t be victimized by negative emotions and thinking. Don’t be handicapped by stubbornness and inflexibility.”
– Dr. TP Chia