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    • Donald Sanders

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    • September 9, 2013 in Columnists

    Pessimists and optimists need each other

    There are two types of people. We have optimists and pessimists. One cannot do without the other without destroying the universe. I know this because I am one and my wife is another and we see things in completely different ways. She sees white and I see black. You know the potato/patatto thingy.

    I’d like to say that one is better than the other, but I can’t. A pessimist cannot survive without an optimist and visa versa. For example, say we are soldiers. An optimistic soldier will not see danger as well as a pessimistic soldier will for obvious reasons. On the other hand, a pessimistic soldier would kill everything in sight unless someone tells him there is no threat from children and small animals.

    The world can be very heavy for pessimist. For them, the worst will happen every time and, if it doesn’t, it’s because they were cautious and alert to their surroundings. Trust does not come easy to them so they are watching others with distrust all the time. They think that if they let their guard down, even for a second, something will go wrong. They swear by this philosophy.

    A pessimist lives in a world that will never change. Politicians are always crooked, corporations are always greedy and in control of the politicians. Since they control the politicians, they control the law of the land and those that enforce it. Unless a pessimist is angry or insane, you will not see him in the foreground. They prefer to stay in a subdued position where they can stir things up without being noticed.

    A pessimist will have plenty of evidence when they present their case. There are always crooked politicians and they are always tied to corporations and crime. It is the way of the world. It is true that the American public has less than a 15% approval of congress as we speak. The sad part is that we will keep electing people that are obviously scum of the first order. Take for instance that Weiner guy – what the hell is up with that?

    If it were up to the pessimists of this world, there would be constant revolution, death, and misery. There is no way you can make them happy unless you drug them up or entice them to have sex, but this will only last for a few moments. A pessimist will have trouble with blood going to certain parts of his body.

    Eventually, the world will end and we all will die in horrible ways and there is no Heaven, only Hell. Now you can see the need for the optimist. Without the intervention of the optimist, all pessimists will kill themselves. The optimist will always overpower the pessimist in all things, large and small, their tools, love and hope. The pull of positive and negative, evil and good are very similar, but they do not apply in a human way. One is of the physical world and the other of the spiritual world.

    Of course, anyone that knows my wife and I will know that I am a pessimist and my wife Therese is an optimist. For her, there is hope in all things, even in me. It has always been natural for me to look for the worst in everything and it has always been natural for her to see what is good and full of love and light.

    Right now I am full of stress and everything in my future is bleak and dark. It’s like I am drowning in my own feces. It seems to be the world that I enjoy because I bring it upon myself time after time and, once in, I can’t get out. Right when I think that this is the end, a hand will break the surface of the feces pool, grab me by the hair, and drag me out into the light. Only then can I see what was in the pool in which I swim.

    I’d like to say that my pessimism keeps my wife in the real world but this simply is not the case. I don’t know about others, but I have learned through experience that if I just trust in people like Therese, my wife, the optimist, then things just might get better. I guess when you come down to it, the optimists are the only hope this world will have to survive what is coming to us in the future.

    Think about it. Without the optimist we would have not have the freedom to walk down the street without fearing for our lives. I’ll tell you true that there are politicians who are honest and corporations that work for the advancement of humanity, and law enforcement that serves and protects. I know this is true because my wife told me so, and when she tells me something, I believe her.

    Well, I can only end this column by saying that while a pessimist lives in a dream world, so does the optimist. One without the other will die in a horrible way and rot in the ground forever and ever, but that’s just my view.



    • I am glad you have Theresa to keep you enlightened to the great things in life and that there is always hope.


      • Ralph

      • September 9, 2013 at 11:17 am
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      Ahh Donald my friend, there is hope for you yet…..and for Theresa, bless her heart….I believe the whole of her family are eternal optimists.
      Oh yeah, we will be seeing Richard and Patti the 20th and 21st…..


      • Carolyn Wyler

      • September 10, 2013 at 1:30 am
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      My husband doesn’t call himself a pessimist (although a lot of people might think of him as one), instead he says he’s a realist. Potato, pattato, as you said.



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