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PRONOIA

Meaning - A feeling that the world around us conspires to do them good; opposite of Paranoia



You are walking on the street watching strangers who have lives as vivid and distinct as yours. The individuality blurs in face of the crowd. We can never know who may turn out to be what. You may be surprised to know that you might have just arrived home from your work on a metro and sat beside a messy unkempt teenager who is to become the prime minister of the country in the next 20 years. You may have already been a part of a story that matters but you don't realise it. If we sit down and map the journey of hardships and efforts of a famous person who became an "overnight" success, you will find one common denominator. It is usually a defining point in their life which changed everything. The pivot that sprung them high up in the skies to reach the stars. It is usually not one moment but series of linked events.


Why is it that some people are successful and many aren't? What drives their optimism when many fall into the darkness of despair? Why do they feel they are special?


Pronoia is a neologism coined to describe a state of mind that is the opposite of paranoia. Whereas a person suffering from paranoia feels that persons or entities are conspiring against them, a person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good.

It is this confidence in their destiny which they think will bend to their whims and create a reality wherein they are the winners. It is the sense of entitlement that breaks them free from the chains of limitation and stunt.


Author J.D. Salinger referred to the concept later to be called pronoia in his 1955 novella, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. In it, the character Seymour Glass writes in his diary, “Oh, God, if I'm anything by a clinical name, I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy." Pronoia is also a prevalent theme in the 1988 novel The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. In it, the protagonist, a young boy, is told by an older man to pursue his dreams. He tells the boy, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." The book also deals with omens, signs that the universe wants the boy to follow a specific path, which will lead to his goal of fulfilling a dream.


Every change happens to be in the right moment, right place and right time. We wait for it to happen but unfortunately time doesn't wait. Time will present you with numerous opportunities. It is up to you whether you grab it or not and I hope the sense of Pronoia provides courage for you to do so.


There will be times when you will be knocked out by circumstances but only in those circumstances the universe manifests herself and wants you to stand up because she knows the fiery chakra of a fighter within you. You may give up but she will never. She will conspire against the force of nature to give what can be yours to take. The matter is not of a chance but of a choice.


Rise!

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