I've got great optimism in my life. Self-confidence through the roof, and a feeling of being able to do whatever I put my mind to. I'm a really happy person. I enjoy living, and have really good thoughts about my future.
At the same time, however, I'm really pessimistic about the human race as a whole. Basically, I think the human race is fucked. We won't change the path we're on until we see definite and immediate repercussions, and, by then, we'll be in such a shitty place.
How can I reconcile these two ideas? - anonymous
You can't, so don't. And, you don't need to. I've learned that a coherent worldview is not always desirable. I'd even go so far as to say that this is true no matter what you intend (unless your main intention *is* to reach a reconciled state, as an end unto itself. But I'd argue that state to be illusory. I think you could only do it by minimizing some truths.)
We have too many necessarily different subsystems that make up how our brains/souls understand the world to worry too much about reconciliation.
Both of your ideas are correct
It is possible to be consistent without being monolithic.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple,
and wrong. - H L Mencken
- All this is somewhat ironic coming from me, since I'm someone who tends to reflexively generalize from one or two examples. ;-)