Optimist, Pessimist, Realist

An optimist believes that civilization is rapidly advancing on the economic, scientific, and technological front.

A pessimist believes that civilization is rapidly deteriorating on the cultural, philosophical, and spiritual front.

A realist believes that, even though there is no necessary connection between the above two observations, they might nonetheless both be true.

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“You are what you value. I value: individual liberty, economic common sense, logical rigour, clarity of thought, intellectual integrity and quiet charity.”