Ben wrote:As a Buddhist, I find it profitable, indeed skilful, to look at things from a variety of approaches.
Sure, but the distinction is critical in untangling statements like this...
"I know a lot of people who have this kind of positive, look on the bright side yappity yap, but deep down they're very frightened, angry, sad, disappointed, hurt, or lonely. It hasn't sunk in. Think of all the people who tell you why the world is a good place, but they're still jerks,"
... whatever "positive thinking" is being "wasted on the brain", isn't transcending from akusala to kusala.
if "positive" is equated to a superficial "look on the bright side yappity yap, but deep down they're very frightened, angry, sad, disappointed, hurt, or lonely", then isn't the word "positive" a misappellation? It sounds more like a failed attempt at auto-suggestion.