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Monday pessimism 2

“To go on a quest, as has often been observed, one must cut one’s ties to home.  Pessimism is a kind of freedom from home.  It is a freedom from having to discipline yourself so that your every act is ordered and predictable.  It is a freedom to dissent in a society where every kind of optimism (even the supposedly radical, such as communism) is a kind of assent to what you have been taught.  It is a freedom to cut yourself loose from a project that everyone insists you participate in.

“Pessimism cuts us free of an optimism that is demanded of us.  Pessimism cuts us out of a social activity we were enrolled in without our assent.  Not the least of its freedoms is the freedom to report on the modern project.”

Joshua Foa Dienstag, Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit, p. 258-9


2 responses to “Monday pessimism 2

  1. Pingback: Mechanisms of the heart and mind | camgal

  2. Tia April 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “Pessimism cuts us free of an optimism that is demanded of us.”

    This. Have you noticed that many, if not most, of the major PUA gurus of yesteryear have “transitioned” into general motivational speaking? Motivational speakers, along with the LoA, Law of Attraction, promote optimism on demand.

    I have extensive experience in this scene and they are not at all comfortable with the full range of human emotions which includes sadness and anger.

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