Beyond Negative and Positive
Identifying something as being contrary to one’s viewpoint is a primary way of reinforcing what one already knows and believes. Patterns that organize interpersonal interactions are based on either ego-driven views and perspectives or upon an acceptance of what one is not accustomed to and, likely, was not expecting. Acceptance of the unexpected is essential to questioning the effectiveness of one’s response to it. At Braveability, situations will not be described as positive or negative. Instead, responses to situations and the effort one makes will be described as effective or ineffective.
There are myriad influences in the life of every person. To label one form of input positive and another negative is mostly meaningless, in contrast to kind and caring interactions between individuals. According to Edgar Froese, founding member of Tangerine Dream :
"Something that is a positive impression for one person, because he can only learn from this, can be completely negative for the next and he would never recommend doing that to anyone else. Therefore, I think that both positive and negative impressions have to apply to a given situation, thus a person keeps the ability to learn until the end of his days. That is very important. I believe the worst that can happen to someone is if he begins to crystallize at a young age. Meaning that he closes up and thinks that whatever his parents, his teachers or his surrounding taught him is the entire truth. If he believes that, he is practically already dead, even if he is only 20. One has to constantly question everything and always continue to learn, to look for new things and to try to view anything given from a different corner". (Froese, 2011, Underwater Sunlight CD insert).