Optimism or Pessimism?

Issue 2 and Volume 164.

BY BOBBY HALTON People love pessimism. No matter how good things get, no matter how well things are going, people are always going to enjoy listening to those who preach gloom and doom more than they will those who preach optimism and opportunity. We all like to believe that we are optimistic, that we are focused on improving, that we are convinced that better days are ahead. But that is inconsistent with human nature—human nature as evidenced by tons and tons of newspapers, magazines, and now online stories filled with the disasters to come. We all can remember the great Y2K scare: Every computer in the world would stop functioning, planes would fall from the sky, power plants would explode—it was going to be Armageddon. I think somewhere a Pac-Man machine broke, but other than that everything seemed to go along pretty well. Today, in the fire service in the…

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