I Think I Can, I Think I Can?

I Think I Can, I Think I Can? October 24, 2018

Today in Nancy Campbell’s blog Above Rubies she has an entire pile of awful posts denigrating women, ordering them to be submissive, have babies, the usual women hating nonsense. But there was this post too.  As with most of Nancy’s advice this is childish wishful thinking. Reducing actions down to “The Little Engine Who Could” because you just have to think, “I think I can, I think I can.” Yes, like that works so wildly well with the unsuccessful.

Simplistic explaination of a complex dynamic, check. Brainwashing via memorization, check. Check your brain, logic skills and thinking at the door, check. Perfection. A perfect meme for Quiverfull, never admit that your lack of education will stop you from becoming a doctor, or an engineer or anything else you could desire, name it, proclaim it and belief it will happen.

This is just the prosperity gospel repackaged in a different way. Nothing new. While is a good lesson to impart to children that you should try things, develop inner fortitude and resilience it should not be conflagrated into “think it, be it.”

I will give Campbell one thing. She manages to find ways to endlessly repackage old garbage, and that’s what this thinking is – garbage, into the shiny new packaging more palatable to those that follow her writings.

While a positive attitude is good, this is pure magical thinking. You might as well be rubbing a Magic 8 Ball.

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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping ithe plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. You can read more about the author here.

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