A long time ago, they used to think that negative numbers were evil.
This was back when math was still in its infancy.
Since the idea of a “negative thing” (how can you have negative six apples?) didn’t seem to exist, the idea was considered heretical.
Slowly but surely (and luckily) people started to accept the idea of negative numbers.
Same kind of thing happened when they invented “imaginary” numbers.
But ask any mathematician, and they’ll tell you that “imaginary” is not really accurate.
But the name stuck, and here we are.
These “imaginary” numbers are necessary to calculate anything that has to do with sinusoidal fluctuations (like electronic circuits).
One of the famous scenes from the Bible is when Jesus threw out the “money changers.”
Why were they called money “changers”?
Isn’t that like going down to the bank and exchanging dollars for Euros?
Why would those people be bad?
The reason is that way back in the day, lending money at interest was considered a sin.
So the clever money lenders changed their names to money changers.
They would lend money in one currency, and collect in another.
And they collected their “interest” in the form of a “currency exchange fee.”
This is how they got around the ban against charging interest.
This isn’t to say money lenders today (or back then) are good or bad.
But if you are clever enough, and you can think abstractly enough, you can work your way around any limitation.
If you can’t think very cleverly, abstractly, or laterally, when you come up against an obstacle, you’re stuck.
You look around for somebody to tell you what to do.
This is the way most people run their lives.
But if you can think differently, think abstractly, think creatively, any problem is really just another opportunity in disguise.
To all the other simple thinking folks, it’s just a problem.
But to you, it’s an opportunity.
Seeing the world this way requires practice.
Consistent mental practice.
It’s not based on any magic switch in your brain.
If you are, however, willing to put in the few minutes per day of mental practice, you’ll soon see a world FILLED with opportunities that others only recognize as obstacles.