Why I’m Not a Pessimist

Writes T. K. Coleman:

For me, optimism is somewhat of a default position.

It’s what’s left over when I add up everything I know and subtract it from the indefinite potentiality of what is.

In other words, I just can’t imagine ever knowing enough to be a pessimist. To be honest, I don’t even know what the distinction is between pessimism and presumptuousness.

It seems to me that the definitive drawing of negative conclusions requires a certain sort of assuredness that would only be fitting for a mind that has truly heard everything there is to hear about every fact there is to know.

Pessimism, in my opinion, is a person’s way of asserting (or assuming) the utter nonexistence of unknown possibilities.

I’m too big of a skeptic to make that assertion (or assumption).

Some people ask me, “as an optimist, do you see every situation as positive?”

My reply is, “no. Sometimes I simply don’t know what to think. I’m not a genius at seeing the brighter side of everything, but I can always see the fallacies in my thinking whenever I claim all hope to be lost.”

So, if you have a hard time being positive, welcome to the club because I’m right there with you. I’ve never been a good “believer.”

My philosophy of choice has always been skepticism.

As Socrates once stated, “wisest is she who knows she does not know.”

Try it sometime. Give not-knowing a chance. You may not be the happiest guy on the block, but you’ll be free forever from “knowing” that life stinks.

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.