The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Magical Thinking

July 1, 2014 9:14 PM

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Magical Thinking

For many of us, "magical thinking" is a nice way of telling your neediest Facebook friend/train-wreck that, "B*tch, your mind is not OJ; you need to help all of us by shutting up. I don't speak glitter." But, as a woman who has been told by more than one man that I'm crazy, I actually believe that magical thinking -- i.e. the act of dreaming far above the current realities of our lives -- when backed up by intelligent, consistent, organized action is the whole reason we're alive. Life is not fair. Fear is cheap. Our dreams are what keep us going through the cruelty, darkness and soft bigotry of lowered expectations that is, unfortunately, all too much a part of our daily lives.

Ideally, we should always be engaged in magical thinking. We should always be trying to achieve our highest potential. Loved, nurtured children, for example, fantasize about growing up to be princesses or presidents, or both. No happy child ever dreams of growing up to manage teams of underemployed ...

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