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As A Man Thinkith Essay

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As a man thinkith by James Allen is an interesting book that really emphasizes that you are your own thoughts. What caught my attention about this book was that all of his quotes and his title are from the book of proverbs in the bible. At first most of it sounds inspiring and filled with enthusiasm to get you thinking proactively. But when you pay close attention to some of the harsh quotes that are very extremist it gets you to thinking, is this one hundred percent absolute? No! How is it that “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all of his thoughts” this is some what along the lines true in some way, however How do people that are ...view middle of the document...

That any other ethnic group other then white was less then human. How is this a good way to fight to achieve your goals? It’s more of a selfish and reckless act, a way to make your self more powerful, and being careless about who or what can get hurt.
Allen was led to the startling conclusion that, 'We do not attract what we want, but what we are.' I’ve tried being a better person dressed better ate healthier, and even went to church every Sunday, and yes no doubt that you feel better and walk around lighter, but this didn’t really help me get a better job, or help me attract better people into my life. Allen says that achievement happens because you as a person embody the external achievement; you don't 'get' success but become it. There is no gap between mind and matter. So if were a mind, is life a thought? And if it is, why are we all in it? Everyone would create his or her own Disney World, it sounds like a fairytale. You are success because you think success, I think everyone would be successful, and every person in this world would be on the forbs list, or better yet maybe there be no forbs list.
“Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought.” I disagree that you can think yourself to be sick, maybe fool yourself and maybe others, but to actually give yourself a disease just by thought seems pretty impossible. “The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it.” I don’t think my aunt thought she would get cancer before she was treated for it, or anyone under some horrible disease. “Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system.” First of all how can you demoralize a body by being anxious? And even then its saying sickens comes into the body from outside so then shouldn’t it come from your mind since he says, “Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought.”
When he writes about thought and purpose he makes it seem as if it’s so easy to find a purpose...

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