The Bright Side of Pessimism



I can never understand people that stay happy all year long. I mean who are they fooling?

Themselves, most probably! Because skeptics understand the reality (read: misery) of life far better than them.

Beyond me why some people give in to hope and optimism when being positive has very many drawbacks, for example, it gives you energy and makes you happy. Now who’d fall for that colorful inanity? It is not a fragrant world that we inhabit. Everyday we wake up to smell thorns.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate optimists. I just can’t stand them.

I am just sure the thing they call happiness and contentment does not exist. I am pessimistically and despondently sure about it.

Nonetheless, everywhere you look, you see people applauding the energy and positivity of optimism but nobody will appreciate pessimism. What we really need to do is to take a break, put things in perspective, and most importantly, appreciate the power of negativity.

For some people, doom and gloom work wonders. Here are the chief pleasures of pessimism:

  1. You will always start from (and most probably stay at) the rock bottom. Nothing can disappoint you. You are a massive disappointment in yourself.
  2. You will find a comfortable and your very own cozy niche located deep down into the abyss of loneliness pervaded by darkness, nothingness, silence, and, well, some more silence.
  3. If you already live in a box, it will help plenty.
  4. You won’t be hurt if you don’t get the much coveted job. Ha, you knew you wouldn’t get it anyway! You just don’t have it in you!
  5. Failed the exam? Pehlay hi pata tha yaar!
  6. No point expressing your love to that delicious chick. You know you look like a half-dead zombie just dug out of the earth and she will say no anyway.
  7. Pessimism does not equal loneliness. You have friends named despair, hopelessness, impossibility and Mr-Dead End.
  8. Your skepticism makes you an unwanted person, and nobody likes a skeptic among themselves. This will automatically filter all the ludicrous and horrendously positive people out of your life. Perfect!
  9. Why contribute to science, arts and culture? This world is going to end anyway. This precious time can rather be wasted in thinking about incurable diseases that have, are and will kill people (and most probably you too) in the future. Think about last stage cancer!
  10. Optimistic people are stupid anyway. They thrive on fantasies. Can you believe some of them go to underwater excursions to ascertain whether mermaids exist? Even a 5 year old rationally pessimistic child knows they do not.
  11. Positive fantasies harm people in essentially the same way as pessimism. An optimist ends up being miserable. It’s basically homecoming.
  12. + x – = -. That’s an optimist (+) arguing with you (-). We all know the end result. Negative!
  13. Trouble with positive people is that they are hell bent on changing the world with their impossibly big dreams. Pessimism, on the other hand, has a liberating effect. For peace of mind, you need to resign as the General Manager of the Universe.
  14. Let people continue walking on the dead end street. They will soon realize this world has nothing good to offer. Remember, every optimist is a future pessimist. Don’t judge people. Give them time to join your legions.
  15. People can borrow money from you and you won’t expect it bad. Your relationship with peers will improve automatically.
  16. Admittedly, your life sucks and your future is gloomy, but realize there is a deep connection between pessimism, depression and creativity. Harness your creativity. Each time someone tries to tell you there is a clear sky behind every dark cloud, shake your head, and sagaciously inform them that behind that clear sky is a never ending darkness. Talk science. You are convincing!
  17. When you wake up every day, you have two choices; you can be either an optimist or a pessimist. Choose wisely. Choose to be a pessimist. Because it may rain and your office/school will cancel.
  18. One of the best things about being a pessimist is that you always know there is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death.
  19. One of the second best things about being a pessimist is that you are either constantly being proven right or pleasantly surprised.
  20. Pessimists possess the unique power of destroying themselves and the world with cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
  21. They say a pessimist is a person who builds dungeons in the air, but an optimist builds castles in the air. What’s the difference?
  22. “I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist,” a friend said to me. “Wonderful, I don’t expect any”, I said.
  23. An optimist asks more of this world. You, the perpetual pessimist, would too, if the world had more to offer.
  24. Some people are unhappy. Others are unhappy that they are unhappy. A pessimist on the other hand is happy being unhappy.
  25. Optimism is a grave anomaly. Optimists are oblivious of the curious comfort that one derives from expecting the worst – pessimism.

And lastly, do not let people fool you into believing that life is overall good and there may be rosy days ahead. Good times end. Remember life is miserable and we are all going to die. Have a good day!


5 thoughts on “The Bright Side of Pessimism

  1. Well, well, well…
    I’d partly agree to the notion. But the problem is, ignorance I believe. As it goes, “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of own ignorance”. It works both ways. Life is just a fascination to experience, the happy fervent moments, depressing lows every bit of it.Just need proper spectacles.


    • Ciao, no, no it’s light as feather when I go online mostly. I was trying a point; being: we’re all product of our limited life experiences. Negativity is just one such sequel :).


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