Negativity: A short thought

There is a certain malcontent that springs from, not a lack of positivity — as is the popularly acclaimed source of all affective ails — but from a lack of meaningful negativity. When the negative impulse to destroy or change a state of affairs is constantly blocked, one begins to feel powerless and only has recourse to ‘positivity’, which, in the sense it is commonly used, means nothing other than a positive regard towards one’s enforced passivity. A tree, for this example imbued with agency, would still perish — no matter how ardent it’s will to grow, ie it’s positivity — if it let a vine smother its access to sunlight, if it had no recourse to negativity. (which in reality it doesn’t, but… a poor example.)

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