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Monday, July 13, 2020

On Optimism and Pessimism

I view “optimism” and “pessimism” as “isms” or philosophies—optimism is the philosophy of the feeble-brained pollyannas who believes that all problems, big or small, are mere blips and that in the long run things will turn out to be just fine and a perfect society will be created; pessimism, on the other hand, is the philosophy of men with practical experience who understand that the world is a hard place and that if they do not conduct themselves with wisdom and care, they will make bad choices and ruin their community. Optimism turns a man towards utopianism and liberalism; pessimism turns a man towards conservatism and republicanism.

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