I’ve blogged before about optimism in Wraith fans in this light-hearted, but true example.
Time and time again, I have seen seen a marked difference in mindsets within the Stargate Atlantis fandom from many years of viewing fanart, fanfiction, including the licensed tie-in books, and forum posts.
The Abundance Mindset (most fans of Wraith and other scifi races)
*Expanded circles of compassion, often including all animals (humans and insects are animals)
*See opportunity everywhere and that gains can be had with knowledge, learning, sharing, and cooperation
*Engage in continuing education, keep current with books and podcasts, do life-affirming activities
*Think creatively, brainstorm a multitude of mutually beneficial solutions for all; going beyond merely asking if something wonderful can be done to how all it can be done
The Scarcity Mindset (most xenophobic people)
*Concern limited to the self, probably also immediate family, and maybe those of the same skin color, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, etc.
*See life as a zero-sum game, to be lived in fear, with violence as the only solution
*Stuck in the past, yearn for “simpler” time periods when there was more oppression
*Think retractively, even imposing additional constraints (!) on characters and settings that were not seen in the TV show at all, getting facts incorrect, further obscuring, narrowing, and eliminating available options
What mind-forged manacles might be weighing down those trapped in scarcity mindsets in real life? Who taught and/or continues to reinforce the mindset of scarcity and, thus, keep people from becoming more in real life too? Parents? Teachers? Managers? Anyone else continuing to enable apathy and to not expect the best versions of ourselves?
Thankfully, the mind works as a muscle and those in the scarcity mindset can break free and jump onto a better track of mind, with positive books and techniques, such as The Miracle Morning. It just takes awareness and willingness.
*(Thinking back to my grade school years, I can say that every single book I was forced to read had an unhappy ending that conveyed the message of, as Homer Simpson put it, “You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.” I never accepted that and even went so far and to give one teacher a list of books similar to the ones she was teaching in time period and in theme, but that had positive outcomes as rewards for courage and ingenuity. What she did with that list was up to her.)