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The ‘Backwards Law’

The ‘Backwards Law’

When we expect something positive and have a desire for something good, that very experience of want, or to covet, is in a way, a negative experience for us.

Referred to as the ‘Backwards Law’ by the modern philosopher Alan Watts, pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack the same right now.

Example: The more we want to be rich, the more we realize that we aren’t rich, and the feeling of lack and unworthiness comes to the surface, even if you are otherwise not poor at all.

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