Re: Dynamic Optimism. [Was: Re: Psychadelic and other Garbage]
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 00:29:37 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-07-23 22:33:39 EDT, you write:

<< >that's the levelheaded realistic type" >>

Being "levelheaded (and) realistic" is a pessimist's way of putting-down
people who look at the world and its problems as an opportunity

To me "be realistic" equals an admonition to be pessimistic. EXAMPLE:
"Don't try to do something innovative in life and leave a legacy, you should
be more realistic."

If I had been "realistic" I would have given up looking for my new heat
resistant microorganism long ago. After all, what are the chances of
discovering a new species? Well, I was NOT realistic . . . The new heat
resistant species I discovered is called _Talaromyces trachyspermus_.

<<"Optimism" does have something of a Polyanna connotation>>

Yes. But only to pessimists and losers.


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