Saturday, October 27, 2007

Smile, because tomorrow can be worse - A pessimistic version

Pessimism is a word that people over the years always rated as a negative phrase, some thing that always blows out the light of joy in our lives. People are always discouraged to be pessimists by the so called wise men. And in the other side I can see the people showering all praises on optimism as if it is the only positive force that drives the mankind to prosperity.
But when I sit down putting my thinking cap on, I feel some thing is wrong. Pessimism is not all that bad as it is being made by people. Because at the end of each pessimistic thought you can find a positive light. You might be wondering what the bullshit is this all about??? But some times truth is different from what you see or at least hear.

"Smile, because tomorrow can be worse”. This phrase is considered as an ideal instance of Pessimistic thought. Just think ... when you say tomorrow is going to be the worse or say tomorrow will be some way a bad day than today is, you are indirectly implying that today is better than tomorrow and that means you have to be happy for the moment and infact should enjoy the happiness because tomorrow is any way bad. And if you listen to all those wise verses, they always say " Past is gone, future is unknown so enjoy today”. Is it the same idea conveyed by that simple pessimistic thought???

On the other hand if you are a pure optimist who believes that tomorrow is going to be great or in other words lot better than today then you are taking away the surprise factor because even if tomorrow becomes better you already knew that . Also there is a real possibility of you waiting to enjoy the moment of tomorrow because you know (or believe) it will be better than today and that means you are starting to live on tomorrow.

Being a pessimist you are giving a chance to your self to be ready to face all the blocks that comes your way tomorrow. You are always ready to combat it, you are ready to fight it. While an optimist always lives in his dreams believing that every thing will become good one day.

Let me take an instance. Just imagine a ship like Titanic hitting an ice berg. A pessimist believes that he will die and for that reason he will give a try for escape. And what about an optimist... even most part of the ship is already under water he will still feel that some super man will come and rescue him or to be more precise he is hiding away from his responsibility to escape.

I am not saying here that we should all become pessimists from this moment onwards. I know it is not that easy to accept changes even if you know that it is the better choice. But there is nothing wrong in being a bit balanced, to open your eyes and see things with your own eyes. It is true that we can see better in day than at nights, but remember ….. day will never be called a day if there is no night at all.....

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