Quote of the week

The doomsayers of my younger days turned out to be, not only feckless and insufferable, but also wrong, a situation Lileks remembers:

Having lived through the Malaise of the Seventies, when we were all resigned to a life in earth-sheltered houses, wearing sweaters made out of recycled tires, I’ve had it with general gloom. Half the population is always gloomy about the nation and the future — sometimes because they’re not getting their way, or sometimes because they’re just inclined to be the local Eeyore. The good news: youth are more optimistic. The bad news: we’ll grind that out of them soon enough.

Or maybe not. I’d guess that the optimistic portion of the youth don’t watch much TV news. You’d be surprised how your outlook improves when you’re not chewing on the pre-selected Wad of Concern doled out daily by the network news organizations.

Not that they’re concerned, particularly; they’re just sticking to the script.





3 comments

  1. Veronica »

    5 October 2007 · 3:10 pm

    …whining about how whiners will grind the optimism out of youth. That’s sure to help, with the problem of pessimism. *rolls eyes*

  2. CGHill »

    5 October 2007 · 3:33 pm

    Fortunately, in my capacity as a Baby Boomer, I can serve as a Bad Example for generations following. :)

  3. Mister Snitch! »

    6 October 2007 · 1:50 pm

    “…whining about how whiners will grind the optimism out of youth. That’s sure to help, with the problem of pessimism. *rolls eyes*”

    Well, whining about whiners who whine about whiners won’t accomplish anything, either.

    OK, now I need to sit down.

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