I think you are giving people too much credit. People bitch because they can.That's a great cartoon! I think that much of society is addicted to criticizing and complaining as a way of 1) achieving a supposedly higher "moral" ground while 2) running away from potential responsibilities and their personal insecurities.
I don't agree with that. As long as you use your pessimism and cynicism productively having an abundance of them isn't problematic.One must remain somewhat optimistic Otherwise you end up with a one-way ticket to crazytown, which doesn't always work out so well (personal experience ).
It depends on your definition of "pessimism" and "cynicism". I think what you're talking -- "constructive" pessimism, etc. -- is what I would define as rationality. I'm a big fan of that, just as I'm a big fan of rational optimism and rational pessimism. Does that make sense? Rationality is productive and constructive.I don't agree with that. As long as you use your pessimism and cynicism productively having an abundance of them isn't problematic.
I use my deep amount of negativity to make people and myself happier if that makes any sense. I do hate optimism though. It always seems like a front or a "mask".
All kind of belief-systems we follow, hear or made ourselfs. As I saw a letter somebody was against every format of violence, but searching a bat to slam, or to belong too. So, all is crossing in opinions ...The question is where is the root, where does it come from. Why do we like to project rather than listen?
This is so true. It seems like no matter what solution or system or society you setup, there's always criticism. You can't not do something because of criticism - there's always criticism.That cartoon is great. Someone will always find a reason to take a shot, if for no other reason than that they need something to do with their time. Political pundits are a great example of this.
I agree that there will always be people who get their emotional satisfaction from criticizing others but it is not a universal trait, and I'm sure you can have systems or communities that are free from low-content or nonconstructive criticism.This is so true. It seems like no matter what solution or system or society you setup, there's always criticism. You can't not do something because of criticism - there's always criticism.
It's also true about human nature about the need for people to criticize or bring other people down. Some people even enjoy it like political pundits.
That sounds like all the fundamental characterizations of an individualistic meritocracy based society. When meritocracy/individualism is the primary foundation of a society people not only place more of an emphasis on themselves and their accomplishments but it creates a win/lose dynamic in the society in which "the winners" are not only judgmental towards one another and "the losers" but people become less empathetic toward one another and people are expected to fend for themselves. If they can't..they are considered "lazy","losers" or "bums". No matter how hard people try they can expect to be judged and micromanaged by the "the winners" who happen to maintain a degree of control over the society in which people are involved.Yeah that's pretty much it, and the whole world is likely to go that way as consumerism takes hold more and more. Currently it's more of a Western problem, but now most other nations are being rapidly drawn into the individualistic and judgemental mindset that consumerist culture creates. We don't care for our fellow man. We only care to judge him. As long as you look and act like that guy you see in the movies, the billboard posters and the sports car adverts, everything well be ok. And ladies, don't forget to dress like the celebrities in the fashion pages of the hottest magazines. And ostracise everyone who's a bit different!