Prescience and Pessimism


Truly, I live in dark times!

The guileless word is folly. A smooth forehead

Suggests insensitivity. The man who laughs

Has simply not yet had

The terrible news.

– Brecht, “To Those Born Later”[1]

1. I do not believe that the words which will follow will provide anyone with comfort. They are not intended to be read as such. Though, neither are they intended to be read as a reprimand. Frankly, I doubt they will be read at all.

2. When times are good, pessimists are tolerated with a certain fond disdain. They are comical figures, fools who simply refuse to see how good things actually are. When one encounters the pessimist with their grousing and grumbling, their moaning and moroseness, their dirges and doom saying – one walks away wondering what is wrong with this somber individual? Shouldn’t they speak to somebody – such as a trained professional…

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