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American Optimism Must Be Renewed

Walter59 Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 12:37 PM
It takes more than optimism to put us back together. You need to define your source of optimism. Obama supporters are the most optimistic people in the world. They believed putting Obama in office would be the cure of all ills; racism; unfairness; inequality; unemployment; debt; etc.. Now that takes real optimism. Delusional and Not based in reality or reason, but strong optimism.
Mick135 Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 7:39 PM
Remember "Yes We can"? Now it should be "Fooled You,Didn't I!"

There is something special about looking forward to something. Knowing that there is something good that is going to happen, or even might happen, gives us a reason to get up a bit earlier and work a bit harder. Optimism is the fuel that leads us to put our noses to the grindstone and persevere in the face of the inevitable setbacks.

Without optimism, we wind up looking at temporary setbacks as unscalable, permanent obstacles. What we might be able to overcome becomes too much to attempt. When we have no hope, we have no reason to work hard, to push...