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First, watch this 10-minute video narrated by Barbara Ehrenreich, a prominent wr

First, watch this 10-minute video narrated by Barbara Ehrenreich, a prominent writer on inequality in America:
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In the video, Ehrenreich discusses a particular set of narratives related to both corporate and domestic living in America. She’s concerned with the ways that narratives around positive thinking can have bad effects on those encouraged to adopt them.
Instead, Ehrenreich encourages the adoption of realistic thinking and vigilance. To paraphrase, we don’t, according to Ehrenreich, benefit from ignoring what’s causing the movement in the tall grass a few yards away. If it’s a leopard, we need to accept that (and, you know, run).
It’s reasonable to assume that we all have been in the position of wanting to believe some kind of story, sold to us by others or even by ourselves, rather than to accept a tough fact. In your post this week, relate a story from your personal experience that demonstrates how you might have been better off if you had accepted a hard reality instead of a narrative that promoted some kind of predetermined reception.
The point here isn’t to convict oneself or to feel deep regret. Rather, do you agree that hard facts offer a fundamentally better position from which to interpret your world? Or would you assert that some delusions are beneficial or unproblematic?
Requirements
250 words, minimum

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