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Optimism or pessimism? Either stance can be backed by solid argument, but we argue that neither suits the Renaissance age we live in so much as a third frame: activism.
Looking to the past for fresh courage Who will dare to stoke our optimism? To accept responsibility, to start fixing the
In looking at the regressive platforms of the party, the pessimistic, hate-filled rhetoric of its speakers, the racism and xenophobia of its members, and, most egregiously, the repugnance and incompetence of its now-officially nominated candidate, I can only pity the person who has somehow, inexplicably, unfathomably, hitched a ride on this particular train.
There has undoubtedly been a lot of "mourning in America," but it is not all doom and gloom. Frustration and anger are not necessarily bad, but making decisions based out of fear, misinformation, or emotion is. Let's do better America.
Pessimism also leads to wrong choices. It feels both impossible and useless to learn if everything is wrong. Instead, let
We often wonder if what we say to our children makes an impact or if it goes into one ear and out the other. I was delighted to hear from my babysitter the next day that my daughter had mentioned our discussion and how it made sense to her and that she was going to try and focus on her many blessings.
Latin Americas and Scandinavians are more likely to be chipper than, say, the Chinese or the Iraqis (of course, there are very real non-genetic reasons for their respective unhappiness too). Is it possible, then, that as more Hispanics intermarry and intermingle and inter-you-know-what, they will spread their happiness genes among more and more Americans?
There's a benefit to seeing the glass half-empty.