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Treatment for pessimismitis

| October 31, 2016
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For most of us the last couple of years have felt very unsettling. We’ve all experienced some level of anxiety due to the current election season and the potential implications for the future of our country.  Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand on we’re all feeling the cumulative effects of the 24/7 news cycle that relentlessly pounds the drum of “The Sky is Falling” and there’s very little we can do to stop it.  It’s easy for the truth of our actual life experience to become buried by the barrage of negative headlines by supposed experts warning us of impending calamity.  Despite the numerous negative events that have occurred over the last 10, 20, 30 and even 50 plus years we have all witnessed mankind’s positively upward trajectory in nearly every area of life.  Let’s consider a couple of examples.  There was a time in the not so distant past that influenza was a death sentence for many people.  And what happened to polio?  Due to rapid advancements in healthcare life expectancies have risen dramatically over the last 50 plus years.  Many of us have also witnessed life altering advancements in technology (i.e., the microprocessor invented 1971) over the last 30 – 40 years that surpass all the cumulative technological advancements of mankind prior to 1971.  But we seem to no longer be impressed.  It seems we tend to assume the majority of all human advancement that we will ever witness has already occurred even though there is zero evidence to support that assertion. 

Maybe we’ve become so accustomed to witnessing the rapid creation of great and even marvelous inventions, technologies, etc… that we’re conditioned to barely even notice. The ultimate truth that’s been lost amidst the relentless “The Sky is Falling” drum beat is that optimism about the future is the only viewpoint that squares with the historical record.  Any other view point (pessimism) is in direct opposition to the record of all human history.

So, my prescribed treatment for pessimismitis (okay, so I made that word up) is to relax a little.  You deserve a break, so use your remote control to turn off whichever flavor of 24/7 cable network news you tend to binge on.  Then enjoy the holidays with your family and know the world will ultimately continue to march onward and upward as it always has regardless of which political party seems to be in charge and even more importantly regardless of what the so called media experts desperately want you to believe.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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