Season 1 | Episode 14

The World and The US are Better Than You Can Imagine! – Dr. Emily Bashah

Published on: 07/11/2022

This is a new series focusing on helping you reclaim your sense of "agency". Agency refers to the human capacity to influence one's functioning and the course of events by one's actions. You may not be able to control your destiny but you can control your fate. There are three forms of Agency one can influence others: Individual - You bring your influence on what you can control Proxy - You bring your influence on others who have knowledge or resources Collective - You pool knowledge, skills and resources to work with others Our Theory: To own your agency, you must be able to use the neocortex portion of the brain where you can access rational thoughts, creativity, innovation, and optimism. Without this, you are doomed to serve a master other than yourself. You can lose your sense of agency through fear, despair, and depression. These can be affected by others who manipulate you and your negative bias to steal your agency. The goal of those groups is to make you afraid so you will not think, you will only react. In this series, we will be going over ways to get it back! We are The Optimistic American, and we are in the business of promoting what is going right in our country. Every day, there is tremendous progress being made in America — across technology, public policy, science and medicine, and much more — that will set current and future generations up for success. Our goal is to highlight these advancements and tilt the scale of news and information from pessimism towards optimism. This episode reflects the best themes of The Optimistic American, that our best days lie ahead.

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