Thursday, February 8, 2024

#39 / Unbridled Optimism


I have pointed out in this blog (at least from time to time) that gloomy times might have some positive lessons to convey. Consider, for instance, a recent edition of The Bulwark, warning us about "The Dangers of Unbridled Optimism." 

The Bulwark is not the only online publication that is providing us this warning. Salon was handing out the same advice way back in 2015, with particular reference to a book by Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided. Ehrenreich is warning us that "The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America."

Can I suggest that we split the difference between pessimistic doomsaying and unrestrained optimism? “Unbridled” anything is probably not a good prescription. Neither is a “relentless” pursuit of our hopes or desires. On the other hand, I think that Johnny Mercer has a good point. To be able to accomplish anything, we do need to believe that our actions can change the world. 

Change it for the better!

That’s where I come down!!

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