Take a break from pessimism

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. –Thomas Jefferson

…it has never been my way to bother much about things which you can’t cure.
– Mark Twain – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

I watched too many political vids on youtube tonight.
The idiocy, ignorance, paranoia, doomsaying, etc. was just too much for my tender sensibilities.

Although I cannot claim to rising above feeling anxious and threatened by the many ominous challenges of the future (Chinese world dominance, terrorists with nukes, collapse of the dollar and following right behind it like a booby prize in a box of Fruit Loops, the dreaded Amero) I’m trying to realize on a conscious level that all these macro problems can go fuck themselves. Like Jefferson wrote, most of these things never happen, and when they do, the terrifying tiger behind the door often turns out to be a kitten.

So then there’s hope:

…it is a blessed provision of nature that at times like these, as soon as a man’s mercury has got down to a certain point there comes a revulsion, and he rallies. Hope springs up, and cheerfulness along with it, and then he is in good shape to do something for himself, if anything can be done.

– Twain – Connecticut Yankee…

Although I can’t prove it, in the frequent absence of hope the human will still abide, because no other creature is interested by half in seeing what happens next.

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2 Responses to “Take a break from pessimism”

  1. moteltodd2 Says:

    Thomas Jefferson. I just read a book by Alan Dershowitz (I’m sure he proudly resides on The Right Wing Enemies List) called BLASHEMY! The book was essentially an argument against the religious right who think this country was founded as a CHRISTIAN nation. Jefferson himself was a huge critic of organized religion. He was even accused of being an atheist by John Adams in the Presidential Campaign of 1800. America at that time elected the so called atheist. Jefferson thought of himself as a deitiest – essentially someone who believed in a God of Nature, which is what he was referring to in the Declartion of Independence. It seems the reigious right these days are eating some much deserved shit – thank God, it’s about time!

  2. meatlights39 Says:

    http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm

    This was the first link I selected when I googled “Jefferson, Christianity”. Good stuff there for your arguments.

    The primary difference between Jefferson (the Democrat!) and the modern left is that Jefferson believed in God, while the left today is anti-religion, organized AND personal.

    I hate Mrs. Bluenose and Pedophile Priest as much as anybody, I want pot and pussy on the free market, but getting rid of all religion, as the “hard” left wants to do, is impossible, if not suicidal for society. “As long as there is poverty there will be gods.”

    I think you give the Religious Right too much credit for whatever problems they appear to be causing. I’m willing to bet that by the numbers the RR is more a media creation than anything

    Are Creationists really worse than the Crips? Who are the real mass murderers?

    Stalin and Mao worshipped the State (and themselves) and were responsible for genocides larger in number than all the killings done in the name of Xtianity combined.

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