Wishful thinking is the process of wanting something to be true that isn’t. It’s the opposite of prashna or seeing the world as it really is.
It’s easy to dismiss the complicated systems of the world and the complicated people occupying it. After all, cognitive load is real–who has time for such stress? That is someone else’s job, right?
When we refuse to take the time to understand, we turn over the decisions to someone else.
And when we try to simplify the world, we fall prey to pseudoscience and fantasies to make sense of things happening. Hence starting the cycle of wishing things to be different because “I don’t understand what is going on.”