Originally Posted by Max Power
Steve, you have many people (2M+) a month searching for answers, sharing your views. You can't expect people to adhere to your site when you state something as a belief of yours and then say, you believe everything.
I think you're on a very slippery slope my friend.
Slippery slope, aye? Can I have a turn?
Seriously though... relax, Max (damn rhyming
). To tell you the truth, Steve frequently confuses the bejesus out of me. There is a lot he says that make sense to me, but there is quite a bit that just blows my mind and leaves me confused for days, weeks, and sometimes even months. I’ve also questioned Steve’s motives before, and had thoughts cross my mind that would have been similar to what motivated you to write your above post. But despite all of that, I’m still here. Why? Well, there is much I could say on that subject, but let me spare you from my endless jabbering and give you an analogy:
In weight training, despite what people may say, the goal of lifting weights is to break down your muscle fibres and actually inflict damage to your muscles. This damage is often painful, unpleasant, and generally doesn’t feel good. It can leave you feeling sore for days after you inflicted the initial damage and often temporarily hinders your ability to function.
So if weight training causes so much pain and discomfort, why do people do it? The answer's easy: To grow. People intentionally inflict pain upon themselves in an attempt to improve an aspect of their physical body. You see if you never do any damage, you will never grow. And much like weight training, if you never endure a little confusion, disbelief, and mental conflict, you will never really progress in terms of your intelligence. And what most people don't understand is that this confusion is a blessing in disguise. Without it, you wouldn’t know where the holes are in your knowledge, you wouldn’t have questions to ask, and you wouldn’t experience the satisfying understanding and mental clarity that comes as a result of that questioning.
Personally, I’m genuinely grateful for those who challenge my thinking and cause me to step back and say, “hmmm, that just threw a figurative spanner in the mental works”. I’ve run this pattern a few times now, and only recently have I started to not only see it as a positive, but also embrace the confusion and no longer suffer from it as much as I used to. Previously I’d avoid things that confused me as well as things I didn’t agree with, but now I embrace them. And you know what? Nothing but good has come of it.
Now it’s been no easy task to reach the point of being able to feel the confusion and be able to think of it as help, not a hindrance. Quite the contrary; it’s been long, it’s been hard, and I’ve had to endure a whole lot of uncomfortable and mentally “painful” confusion. But was it worth it? Absolutely. For now I not only function more efficiently then I did before, but life is more enjoyable. But the truth is life was always enjoyable, it’s just that rather then accepting it as something that simply is
and reaping the benefits, my labelling of confusion as “bad” and “unpleasant” caused me to develop patterns of resistance -- patterns that limited my enjoyment of life and feeling of wellbeing.
Now when it comes to Steve, I can't be sure whether or not the blog/forum he writes accurately reflect his personal beliefs. Perhaps they do. Perhaps they don’t and he's trying to scam us all. Perhaps Steve purposely writes some of his more controversial material to cause confusion. But you know what? Who cares! Regardless of whether or not Steve’s intentions are “noble”, I personally find Steve’s writing to be extremely helpful, and judging by the amount of traffic he receives, I’m guessing there are others who would agree.
But it doesn’t matter what I, or thousands of other people think. What matters is what you
think. And on that note, I will end this post by encouraging you to explore your thoughts. And I mean really
explore them. Dig to the roots of your thinking. Take your logic to its conclusion. Ask “why” you think what you do about Steve. Ask “what” it is that causes you to think like that. Ask “how” you came to those conclusions in the first place. Then question whatever it is you dig up, and question why Steve may have said something the way he did. Write through it in a word processor or a paper notepad if it helps. Do whatever it is to empty the content of your mind into your conscious awareness.
I think what you’ll find will fascinate you. If not now, maybe later. Now I know my post may not make all that much sense, but hopefully in time, it will.
I still like your account name.