“Worst Case Scenario” or “Best Case Scenario”?

July 12, 2010

One of the most insidious parts of this economic and ecological downturn is the way it has sapped the optimism and energy of entire groups of people.  Americans appear to have lost their iconic sense of optimism and purpose.   For a group to pull together cohesively, it needs a sense of purpose:  whatever we may think of the morality of “Manifest Destiny” in the 19th century, it gave the nation a sense of mission and purpose that created optimism and possibility in the (white) citizenry.  John F. Kennedy’s mission to the moon did the same thing for the entire country in the 1960’s.  We need a sense of purpose.

But every one of us is being trained by the media to look for the “worst case scenario.”   Oil in the gulf?  Worst case scenario: end of the world.   Financial crisis–worst case scenario?  end of the world.  New diseases–worst case scenario?  end of the world.   Spreading fear may “sell”, but it’s not news at all.  The worst case scenario will always be the end of the world by various dreadful means.  I can understand the thinking that this might motivate people to change things, but negativity is NOT really a motivator.  It’s a demotivator.

My teacher (Hugh Martin) used to stress how much we waste productive energy by playing what he called “The Ain’t-It-Awful Game”.   That’s the game where one person complains about his arthritis, the next, sympathizing, says the awful weather makes it even worse, the next person talks about the friend who got heat-stroke from the weather, the first remembers a friend who died of heat-stroke….   Or the one that starts with the oil in the Gulf, is added to by the terrible politics that enables rich corporations, the next adds stuff about the evil of greedy corporations, etc…    These conversations are depressive, demotivating, add nothing useful to our understanding, and burn inner psychic energy that could be used to accomplish something.

Just imagine what it would be like if the news media were to ask interviewees “What’s the BEST possible outcome for this situation?   How do we get there?”   Just that small shift changes the motivation of listeners.  Just that small shift offers the possibility of shared purpose, of creating a mission that joins people together instead of dividing them.  What’s the best case scenario of creating shared purpose?  What’s the best case scenario for community caring?  If the best case scenario seems utterly unrealistic, why do we tend to believe the worst-case scenario is more realistic?  What’s the best case scenario for sending out this blog asking people to think about the best case scenario?


2 Responses to ““Worst Case Scenario” or “Best Case Scenario”?”

  1. Patrice on July 13th, 2010 5:57 pm

    Hi Anne,
    Since I know you, I know how smart and evolved you are–now that you’ve moved, I’m glad I can keep informed thru your website. I agreee wholeheartedly and know that if we hold that there is a parallel universe where the earth is healed and perfect, we can access that paradigm–if we reach critical mass….We can see past the veil of separation/Maya and see the alternative and BELIEVE IT. I am also wondering how the crop circles may have messages on how to heal the waters/planet in their geometric shapes and symbols—is anyone connecting the dots there (literally) to see the potential messages….?
    Seeing past the veil with loving earth blessing,
    Patrice St Clair
    (dancing river) 🙂

  2. admin on July 14th, 2010 12:01 am

    Yes, I believe there is amazing potential available on all levels if we are willing to maintain that energy level. Thanks for your comment, Patrice.

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