|Hands of my friend Lennon Ngathem and his other half . Pic Courtesy ; Lennon|
Have you ever felt that the world is the best place to live in? Do you carry forward this feeling for a long time and live a life of ‘illusion’ that the universe was configured in specific way to make you happy? Have you ever try searching for happiness? Do you think happiness does exist, or do you think you are living in a world of self deception or hope by doing such? Well, I’ll be attempting to answer these questions through this article along with some recent developments.
|Pronoia is considered as a new and contagious cultural virus that has infected this younger generation. Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good. Some take this concept to the level of a grand philosophical theory (Pronoia philosophy), while others in clinical psychology think that it’s a mental deception rather a psychological affliction (Pronoia affliction). But here, I’ll deal with the Sociology of Pronoia, its social implications and how it’s inevitably developed to benefit the ‘self’ in this new organic society with the ‘innate social immunity’, which I propose, that everyone has from the time they involve in social interaction.
Results from the Better Life Index showed that the happiest respondents – even in the wealthiest countries – were not those with the most money or best education. The happiest were the ones who attributed their joy to faith and family.
‘Pronoia’ as an academic term in the field of sociology was coined in the 1980’s by Queens College Professor Fred Goldner and has found its way more recently into the work of Toronto physician and professor Mel Borins. According to Borins: ‘If we think optimistically, then positive outcomes are more likely…. attitudinal healing is possible…. we have the power to shift consciousness,’ states Dr. Borins.