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  • This is going to be a very bad film.

  • It will teach you nothing.

  • You'll wonder at the end where those few minutes of your life have gone.

  • You'll feel bitter, resentful, and increasingly furious.

  • Now, that's a tiny example of what pessimism can do for you.

  • It prepares you for the worst,

  • reduces the tension of expectations,

  • protects you from disappointment, and might even make you laugh a bit.

  • It should be a recipe for life.

  • We live in an absurdly and painfully optimistic world.

  • Mostly, that's the result of all the businesses out there trying to sell us things.

  • And, understandably, using cheerfulness to do it.

  • And partly, it's the influence of technology,

  • which is always getting better, coloring our view of life as a whole, which often, isn't improving.

  • In the process, we've lost sight of the wisdom of seeing the glass half empty.

  • For centuries, religions peddled dark messages.

  • Buddhism told its followers that life was suffering.

  • Christianity spoke of the fallen state of mankind and of the inevitability of earthly imperfection.

  • It was helpful: it kept our expectations in check.

  • The psychologist, William James, came up with an equation:

  • Happiness equals expectations over reality.

  • So, there are two ways to ensure contentment.

  • Change reality, or, change expectations.

  • Pessimists know to reduce the expectations.

  • Good pessimists rehearse some key lessons to themselves every day:

  • Life generally goes wrong.

  • Everyone is worried and sad most of the time.

  • It's normal to have very big regrets around careers.

  • The only people we can think of as "normal" are people we don't yet know very well.

  • It's hard to be happy for more than fifteen minutes.

  • Almost all your hopes are going to be dashed.

  • Mediocrity is the norm.

  • Today, however grim, will probably be one of those days you end up looking back on

  • and wondering why you didn't appreciate more fully.

  • That's how much worse it will eventually get.

  • Don't think of us pessimists as grim;

  • the gap between what should be and what is can be filled with laughter,

  • a generous laughter, but one of certainty that today will go wrong,

  • tomorrow will probably be even worse, until the worst of all happens.

  • But that's okay.

This is going to be a very bad film.


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悲観論の知恵 (The Wisdom of Pessimism)

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