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Monday pessimism 6

As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.

Steve Jobs

[I could add that it was Steve who contributed to the current state of affairs by his company’s invention of the iPhone — perhaps the single most important contributor to attention-whoring ever.]


Monday (late) pessimism 4

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

Monday pessimism 3

MARRIAGEn. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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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

Monday pessimism

So many centuries after the Creation it is unlikely that anyone could find hitherto unknown lands of any value.
— Committee advising Ferdinand and Isabella on Columbus’s voyages

You know your history.  Columbus “discovered” America in 1492, after sailing the ocean blue.  This comment is very interesting.

In one of Roosh’s past posts, he talked about how, with digital cameras now being nearly ubiquitous, all of the pics that are online have sort of damped the enthusiasm for going overseas to find new and uncharted lands.  Now, you can see Inner Mongolia from the comforts of your trailer.  So, what to do?  He says that it’s better to go and meet people instead of seeing places.  But, what if that gets saturated, hmm?

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