Jan
18

2009

The “Positive Imperative” of Hope by Victor Sinclair



PI Founder, Victor Sinclair examines the impact of Barack Obama and the hope imperative.

Why are people all over the world getting so wrapped up in Barack Obama? It’s easy to understand why Hope, positivity, positive thinking, positive imperative, Victor SinclairAmericans are getting more excited about Obama than any President since John F. Kennedy, as he is bringing new hope to millions throughout the land. Is all the excitement also because he’s going to change the countries economy and world status in a very short time? Most people including Barack himself have said, that’s not going to happen. Is it because he’s going to change both the fate of a country and thus maybe the world and if so why?

As a non lay person of world politics and economics it’s far beyond my expertise to analyze why the world is in this particular plight of negativity, except to say when lyrics of songs from the 70’s like the O’Jays “Love Train” ring as true today as they did 40+ years ago, much hasn’t changed. When Ultimate Wrestling reminds us of Romans and Gladiators we must conclude that nothing much has changed, or has it?

Start a love train (Come on, train), love train Hope, hope vs despair, mental health, positivity, positive thinking, positive imperative, Victor Sinclair All of you brothers-over in Africa Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too Please don’t miss this train at the station ‘ Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you

O’Jays ~ Love Train #1 1973

So as we examine the words of another contemporary song by John Mayer, Waiting For the World To Change, we also get the paradox that faces us with the election of Barack Obama. In the song the lyrics go…. ”

now we see everything that’s going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don’t have the means
to rise above and beat it

so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

Waiting For The World To Change ~ John Mayer

While some might have taken this as a positive song, I have long looked at it as a truly Neutral song and in direct opposition to “Be The Change” (at least at the level of really changing the world though politics and other means). The song has held a self imposed limitation that truly underlines the rationale for millions of people to abdicate their responsibility for participating in change. We all know people don’t undertake to do things that they believe can’t be done. It thus becomes a self for filling prophecy. In fact Barack Obama has already commented on the substance of that song indirectly when he said Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama

So perhaps that also explains the large population of visible minorities and youth that got enrolled in the possibility that here was a man who was going to lead change and make things happen. Here was a politician who we could believe in, partially because of his messages and partially because he was the father of two young daughters and who wouldn’t want to work for a better world than a parent of small children. Thats as vested an interest as you can get. He has been able to balance idealism with human inadequacies and make it okay to fail but more importantly to try again despite that failure.

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. Barack Obama

The watershed place that Obama has helped to shape the destiny of his country and perhaps the world is by giving America some long awaited hope. As invariably people of other nations love to throw rocks at U.S., collectively the world also knows that it is the United States and the what appeared to be its long forgotten lofty ideas that also gives hope and inspires the rest of the world.

It all starts with hope. Hope is one of the Positive core values of Transcendence.

“Transcendence values are emotional strengths that reach outside you and beyond you to connect you to something larger than yourself and more permanent: to other people, to the future, to evolution, to the divine, or to the universe.”

Dr. John Schinnerer.

Hope is a key positive value adopted by the Positive Imperative, (a topic we will be addressing soon” Suffice to say that hope is important and positive for everyone in the world and it is most important to those less fortunate of us in the world, who do no see the way or a road map out of their situation. They may be depressed, in prison, living in poverty, living with a terminal illness, the con element among us all is that we are all in need of hope.

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” — The Shawshank Redemption

The antonym for hope and Negative emotion is despair. In Edward Gibbon’s book “The Decline & Fall Of The Roman Empire he wrote, “the most absolute power is a weak defense against the effects of despair”.

The Neutral of Hope is the safe ground of apathy where you don’t declare your despair, you just duck your head and draw your eyes away from hope. It is so easy to do, yet its effect is exactly the same as despair, for the self imposed limitations removes the light of hope and the resulting actions that are born out of hope. For too many years that has been the silent killer to which we hope the election of Barack Obama has put and end to.

Perhaps the most scary part of the historic swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States is that many people are likening him to Kennedy and Lincoln as an orator, statesman and American iconic figure. They are also touching wood, when it comes to his possibility that he may face the same fate as Kennedy and Lincoln. It begs the question that if he were gone tomorrow, would it all end. Did hope die with Martin Luther King and if not then perhaps the greatest of Obama’s accomplishments has already taken place, which is to rekindle our hope for a better world. After all as he states over and over…. “this is not about me!…….In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” Barack Obama

For a healthy, positive world, despair and apathy are simply not options. Hope is essential. It is the Positive Hope Imperative! ~

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Victor Sinclair, Positive Imperative, Positive Imperative founder, positive music imperative founder

Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder

Victor Sinclair

PI Founder

Victor Sinclair.Author of the forthcoming books; the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada).He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards.Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course.

Children Of The World ~ Aaron Carter – Backstreet Boys N Sync

Eyes Of A Child ~ Moody Blues

Faith Hope & Love ~ Point Of Grace

From A Distance ~ Bette Midler

Happy Christmas – John Lennon

Hope ~ Jack London

Hope ~ Shaggy

Hope ~ Toad The Wet Sprocket

Hope For the Future ~ S Club 7

Hope of Deliverance ~ Paul McCartney

Hope For The World ~ Nortarthomas Jamie

I Hope You Dance ~ Lee Ann Womack

I Really Hope – Cranberries

Imagine ~ John Lennon

Keep Hope Alive ~ Crystal Method

Message In A Bottle ~ Police

Somewhere Over The Rainbow ~ Wizard Of Oz

Tomorrow ~ Musical Annie

This is not the definitive list on hope songs, so be sure to add your comments and song suggestions too.

Hope ~ Shaggy

We nah turn no stepper,things a go better
Never make yourself be overcome by pressure
Cool ya me bredda,have faith instead a
Sid-dung and a watch an all a fight one another
Blaze like fire,nah go retire
Got naf sleep and a him inspire
We fi reach higher a that him require
Haffi mek we mark before the time is expire.:)

I remember, wasn’t so long ago
We had a one room shack and the livin’ was low
And my mama by herself raised me and my bro
Wasn’t easy, but we did it with the little that go
Worked hard while the suckers cool every day
And kept her eyes on the stars when the skies were gray
Gave us pride to survive, really showed us the way
Now I really understood what she was tryin’ to say

She said, son there’ll be times when the tides are high
And the boat may be rocky, you can cry
Just never give up
You can never give up, uh-uh

In this life you could lead if you only believe
And in order to achieve what you need
You can never give up
You can never give up

And this hope
That keep me holding on
On and on
And this hope
That makes me carry on
On and on

Boom-boom, couldn’t have made it alone
I got a wonderful life, two kids on my own
With a strong foundation that was carved in stone
And my mama for the love that made my house a home
Made me wonder some time if this was meant to be
All this for a humble little guy like me
And all I ever really wanted was a family
To teach my kids the same value that she gave to me

She said, ¡°son there’ll be times when the tides are high
And the boat may be rocky, you can cry
Just never give up
You can never give up,¡± uh-uh

In this life you could lead if you only believe
And in order to achieve what you need
You can never give up
You can never give up

And this hope
That keep me holding on
And on
And this hope
That makes me carry on
On and on

We nah turn no stepper,things a go better
Never make yourself be overcome by pressure
Cool ya me bredda,have faith instead a
Sid-dung and a watch an all a fight one another
Blaze like fire,nah go retire
Got naf sleep and a him inspire
We fi reach higher a that him require
Haffi mek we mark before the time is expire

And this hope
That keep me holding on
And on
And this hope
That makes me carry on
On and on

And this hope
That keep me holding on
And on
And this hope
That makes me carry on
On and on

There’s hope, yeah
Hope keeps it alive, yeah, uh
Hope keeps it alive, yeah, uh
And it strikes an iron, uh
Hope keeps it alive, yeah, yeah
Hope keeps it alive, yeah
Only the strong survive, yeah
Keep it carry on, keep it carry on, yeah
Uh-uh
I’ll keep it carry on, yeah
I gotta carry on, gotta carry on and be strong
Uh-uh-uh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, uh-uh

And this hope
That keep me holding on
And on
And this hope
That makes me carry on
On and on

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