Now, I wanted to speak to you about encouragement of success. Is that still a done thing in the US? Or is that just a myth?
“Meaning do people encourage success here in the US?”
“Absolutely. I do believe there are good people; I believe that people are inherently good.
“I do believe that. I always try when someone does something wrong to me or bad to me, to see [whether] it was caused by fear or pain and not because of maliciousness. So I do believe that people encourage success – yes, there are negative people in the world and you have to be aware of them and you have to watch out for them – but I think the more energy we put into flowing power to other people, the more that encourages that in that person and encourages them to flow power back to you. It’s the aberration of a group. If you think about a neighbourhood… Let’s say you’re walking down the street, it’s a really shitty, dirty neighbourhood and you’ve got a piece of trash. You look around and there’s trash all over the street, it looks all disgusting and you’re just like, ‘Uh, I’ll just throw my piece of trash on the ground with all the other pieces of trash,’ but when you’re walking down a really pristine street and it’s clean and well kept. All of a sudden when you’re about to throw that piece of trash on the street you’re like, ‘Oh… maybe I’ll find a trash can and put this in there,’ and it becomes the aberration of the group. You know, when people are honest and forthright and positive, it encourages that in other people. When people are shitty and backstabbing, it just allows and breathes more of that, so I think it’s why it’s so important for all of us to keep our ethics and integrity intact.”
Excerpt of interview by Sally A. Edwards with Eric Balfour for BLAG Vol.3 Nø 2
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