Last night, I had one of those random thoughts spring into my drowsy mind. I suddenly started wondering why Stoics aren’t the most unlucky people to ever exist.
Stoicism is making a comeback, and one of the exercises this philosophy has always promoted, going way back to the ancient Greeks, is to visualize negative things in as much detail as possible in order to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself (as well as to let go) of all the bad things that could possibly happen.
So, Stoics were and are the type of people to do things like visualize their children dying, the funeral, and all of the things that come from their death. They visualize their cars being totaled, losing their jobs, their parents dying, their best friends being maimed, their girlfriends/boyfriends breaking up with them, them getting cancer, getting AIDS, etc.
Given the heavy emphasis on visualization in all forms of magic and the Law of Attraction, why aren’t these people the most unlucky people on the planet? Why aren’t their kids dropping dead, their jobs disappearing, and their health failing? They put a lot of time into thinking negatively, so why aren’t they attracting all kinds of negative garbage into their lives?