Hugh Nibley on the Power of Positive Thinking (sort of)


[Unpublished notes, undated]


Where one is in a vulnerable position, it is always wise to accentuate the positive and eschew the negatives. Can’t we do away with negatives entirely? I think we can. To call a person an unspeakable cad is negative; consider rather the story of the Speakable Cad:


It was a describably beautiful morning as the speakable cad finished a sipid breakfast and thoroughly gusted with the clement weather began his variable custom of a morning stroll to the firmary. His ruly hair was kempt, for he was a couth and solute person, a transigent soul, and withal a man of effable ertia, possessing counted millions, his digency the reward of an ept and dolent nature.

As he walked along haling the air his satiable curiosity was attracted by the fantile games of expressably energetic neighbors’ children; for a while he watched their imitable antics, fatuated by their bound skill, and, when they called to him, dignantly smiling at their sufferable souciance and solent manners. At the sight of his brother coming along the street, however, he bosomed himself, for though a man of bridled passions, this daunted gentleman had a superable like for his brother, an iquitous and nocent fellow, but withal transigent enough to face the world with givings.

Though his brother was a man of tegrity, and peccably attired, his comfiture was at once apparent, and at the sight of it the speakable Cad’s composure remained tact, for he was ured to the putable stories that had been earthed about his brother. The evitable result of his knowledge was an exporable dain for his genuous brother’s firmity.


At this point the story threatens to become UNpleasant — even negative — so we must stop it.



About Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley, 1910-2005, was simultaneously the LDS Church's greatest intellectual defender from attack from the outside and Mormon culture's strongest critic from the inside. This blog is composed mainly from Nibley's unpublished writings, letters, interviews and conversations, with occasional posts from associates who had personal interactions with him.
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One Response to Hugh Nibley on the Power of Positive Thinking (sort of)

  1. teelea says:

    Hilarious! Reminds me of George Orwell’s fantastic essay “Politics and the English Language”.

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