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'The Seduction of Pessimism' (Jun 13, 2017, by Morgan Housel):
Pessimism is intellectually seductive in a way optimism only wishes it could be. Tell someone that everything will be great and they are likely to either shrug you off, or offer a skeptical eye. Tell someone they are in danger and you have their undivided attention. Hearing that the world is going to hell is more interesting than forecasting that things will gradually get better over time, even if the latter is accurate for most people most of the time. Pessimism can be hard to distinguish from critical thinking and is often taken more seriously than optimism, which can be hard to distinguish from salesmanship and aloofness.
* Y2K got more media attention than any individual tech company.
* SARS got more attention than the massive decline in HIV mortality.
On one hand it makes sense. Daniel Kahneman once wrote: 'Organisms that treat threats as more urgent than opportunities have a better chance to survive and reproduce'. But on the other hand its crazy. We don't just respond faster to pessimism, we coddle it for longer than is necessary.

Optimism demands facts, however is ditched at the first sign of trouble.
Pessimism can be grown from a crazy thought, then clutched indefinitely
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Daisy
So very true indeed, unfortunately. You only need to listen to the News every day on the TV and radio, it seems the worse the news the better for the producers. And don't the broadcasters just add wind to the flames too and make a mountain out of a molehill! A big shame.[confused]
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glasshalffullcom
Absolutely Daisy, hence why we need to try and counteract the media's overindulgence in accentuating the horrors, while trivializing
the niceties. 'BREAKING NEWS' stories always used to refer to really serious, Historical events: 'First Man on the Moon'; 'Assassination of a President'; Death of a Princess'; 'Passing of an icon of stage/screen/literature/sport'. If only those with the means to do good, realized the permanent damage they do by de-sensitizing the community with their flagrant abuse of imagery, blasphemy and foul language! 
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Daisy
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glasshalffullcom
Fantastic EMOJI Daisy!!
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