Optimist Or Pessimist??

It seems almost impossible to be an optimist in today’s world, especially now that a totally incompetent person leads our version of it. But these times are not the only time we have been severely challenged as a nation.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? I’m optimistic. I say that because there have been many moments in our history when old ideas and old arrangements stopped working and people chopped them up. Those transition moments were bumpy, and it was easy to lose hope, but then people figured it out. Never underestimate the power of human ingenuity.

Source: New York Times

This quote is from David Brooks who leads the way for those of us who still claim to be optimists.

I think too many of us are still in the “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” mode when it comes to hard times. We throw up our arms in defeat. We see our country controlled by the inmates instead of the good guys. Yes, it takes courage to be an optimist now. But, courage we must have.

I admit that we have never had such an incompetent person in the Oval Office, nor have we had a more partisan ruler of the Senate but eventually times change and things return to normal if there is such a thing. We will survive these times as we have all the others. I don’t even want to think that the opposite is even possible.

Several years ago I learn that Mark Twain become an extreme pessimist in the last part of his life. During that time he wrote some utterly bitter and spiteful things that greatly tarnished his literary image. By the end of his life, he had reached a position of cosmic proportions. I now understand how that is possible but absolutely vow to never allow that to happen to me. Pessimism like can destroy life itself if left uncontrolled.

If it is a choice between Optimism and Pessimism, I will choose optimism every time.


  1. The pessimist says the glass is half empty — the optimist says the glass is half full — the engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    PS – I’m an optimist too. But is is often hard in today’s political climate. So keep your missives coming!


  2. If I wanted to be a pessimist it would start with the hundred’s of thousands who died in the Civil War and The 450,000 American soldiers who died in WW II – and the 6 million Jews who died at Hitler’s hands or the 58,00 young and wonderful men (boys) who died in Vietnam – to me Trump is a bump in the road – soon to be gone and we will carry on because we have certainly overcome worse – remember we have always had people in this country that did not share our values – from the KKK to all these little Nazi- white supremacists groups – we have always had fanatics of one sort or another and that is their right – after all this is America – BUT they really are few compared to the rest of us who really rally round the flag. So we carry on and do our best and know this too shall past. I love this Country even in times like these… we are learning and growing everyday – I think we ended up with Trump because we were not paying attention – but that will never happen again.


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