Neutral in the Positive Imperative context most often leaves you nowhere, neither here nor there. In the context of PI (Positive Imperative), it is most often directed towards fence sitting when there is a problem or with a negative that needs to be responded to. The phrases often heard…. “hey don’t look at me, I didn’t do it”…. it’s not my problem! “
The list of neutral words are long indeed. Most often associated with neutral are words like procrastinate, ambivalence indifference, apathy and many often used phrases like fence sitting. You can see in context a longer list as they relate to both negative and positive words on the PosiWords page.
Most importantly in the Positive Imperative the Neutral context is that if you are not aiding the problem or working on the solution then you’re doing nothing and contributing to the problem.
The other evening I was in the park and some kids had knocked over a garbage can. They were the negative, and the person who stopped to pick it up was the positive, however the five people that walked by and did nothing were the neutral.
Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished.-Leslie Nielsen
“The hottest place in hell remains for people who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Dr. Martin Luther King
“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” ~ Paulo Freire
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~ Bishop Desmond Tutu.
“There is no neutral ground in the universe, every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter claimed by Satin.” ~ C.S. Lewis
I” don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on. And I, as a teacher, don’t want to be a collaborator.” ~ Howard Zinn from his book “You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train” (2004).
In short, we cannot grow, we cannot achieve authentic discovery, and our eyes cannot be cleansed to the truly beautiful possibilities of life, if we simply live a neutral existence. ~Armstrong Williams
Life in Neutral? “It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Life in Neutral? The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them
“Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.” ~ Rev. Jesse Jackson
People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo. ~ Max Eastman
The minute your shift into Neutral when you’re trying to go up a hill, you start going backwards.
Neutrals happen in many shapes and forms. All of them negative. Apathy and Indifference!
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhuman
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.
Democracy is a perfect example.
It is very easy to be cynical about government and elected politicians However unless we hold our politicians accountable we are “letting them get away with it” or condoning their behavior. If you don’t stand for something, you end up standing for nothing. It’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when there is no perfect candidate you want to put 100% of your support behind, however that too is a cop out if you’re often on of thousands who don’t vote and use that excuse to justify your stance. There are many variations of the quote / idea ; People get the Government they deserve, and they deserve the government they get. SO, if you want better government participate If you don’t don’t complain!
Think about democracy as your most prized and cherished position, and you’re holding it in your arms. How are you going to treat it? Are you going to take care of it, and protect it, or leave it on the street with the trash? If you cherish something you protect it, be it your home, your children or democracy.
The PosiRatio says that Negatives do 10 x the damage or a ripple effect that reaches 10%degrees of separation, but did you ever stop and think that Neutrals cause 5 x the damage or a ripple effect that reaches 5 degrees of separation. When you are in a position where you should speak up and you don’t, often you feel back, the situation you were to speak up gets no resolve and if that involves a person they feel bad, and still worse if your kids are watching and they see your inaction they may also take on this behavior as acceptable.
PIQ Positive Imperative Question.
We will say this over and over again, either we are a part of solutions or we are a part of the problem! Which are you?
Have a Positively Wonderful Life