Total Mind F***

This is a total mind fuck. So I’ll give you a minute to unpretzel your brain and maybe read this more than one

Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting negative experience is a positive experience. It’s what the philosopher Alan Watts used to refer to as “the backwards law” – the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfies you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. The more you desperately want to be rich, the more poor and unworthy you feel, regardless of how much money you actually make. The more you desperately want to be sexy and desired, the uglier you come to see yourself, regardless of your actual physical appearance. The more you desperately want to be happy and loved, the lonelier and more afraid you become, regardless of those who surround you. The more you want to be spiritually enlightened, the more self centred and shallow you become in trying to get there.

25 responses to “Total Mind F***”

  1. This philosophy is real. I expirence these things in my life. When I thought I will face more struggles in nearer life then many opportunities created to minimize the struggle and life seems easy. Your post is so positive. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

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    • Most welcome. The backwards law proposes that the more we pursue something, the more we achieve the opposite of what we truly want and the more disappointed we feel. Or simply put: the harder we try, the less likely we’ll succeed. On the flip side: when we stop trying, we’ll have what we want.

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    • Glad you liked the post. The modern philosopher Alan Watts referred to this as “the backwards law” which is “the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place.


  2. Dear GS,
    I politely empathise with the sentiments your title here conveys. ^^

    Maybe different people will have differing perspectives on ‘the backwards law’ according to where they stand currently or from what they experienced and are experiencing in their lives. Some may relate to it. Some neutral to it. Some not.

    A big ‘hug’ to philosopher Alan Watts if ever that arose from his own experience. 🙂

    In my view, we may also go beyond this idea; that is, rather we can also live with what we align to, in terms of our personal value system and authentic sense of self. When an experience is enough, worthwhile, it may not always be from an ‘unworthy’ emotional or psychological premise. It can also simply be from a premise of the particular experience or the need to this particular experience being with grounded feelings of worthiness, kindness, self-awareness, compassion, and empathy, knowing one is enough, worthy.

    I personally cannot relate to this theory; I do respect people who may experience this. I feel it is best that we define our personal boundaries in life because ‘the backwards law’ though relatable in certain instances for some, can also ‘fool’ one too if it’s considered without broadening perspectives in reality.

    Just a polite viewpoint above. Thank you for this read. ^^

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  3. Aye, lost myself in the search for myself, only to find in my grasping is the creating of an experience of wanting, and that by letting go, my hands were filled with more than I could ask for. Beautiful post, thank you, some call it the 180 degree rule, what seems bad is good and what seems good is bad.

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