…is core to the BTL worldview.
The opposite is there’s not enough (or never enough).
A scarcity mentality believes there’s not enough to go around, so you better fight for yours, and once you get it you better guard it with your life — because your life depends on it.
A scarcity mentality sees life as a black hole to be filled. It’s squirrelly, because no matter how many acorns you squirrel away, you’re never sure it’s enough to make your nut. Whether it’s money or power or possessions or glory, there’s always more money or more power or more possessions or more glory to be had. Talk about nuts! This scarcity mentality — this worldview — leads to a neurotic, chronically anxious, and exhausting life.
No surprise it also leads to one that’s self-centered/other-controlling — where the real black hole is in you. I believe deep down inside most self-centered/other-controlling people is a heart that’s broken. The heart is a pump, and like a broken pump, a broken heart pumps with its switch stuck in reverse. As Pascal (one of Toto’s favorite dead french guys) wrote in Pensee #425:
What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.
You can’t start living differently until you start thinking differently. You can’t start thinking differently until you start seeing differently. You can’t start seeing differently until you start believing differently. You can’t start believing differently until you start hoping differently.
If you want to go from hole to w-hole, the one W of a difference between hole and w-hole is your worldview. What’s been your mindset friend? In who or what have you put your hope? Write…
Embrace it. Live it. Love it (Thanks, Toto)…