The space between our ears contains the entire world, the known universe, existence itself. Everything we are exists between those few short inches.
Whoda thunk that something so positive could have a dark side? That’s right. Optimism, the feel-good feeling, the basis for the entire self-help industry, the underlying principle of the smiley face can be harmful.
Now, I’m not having “a case of the Mondays,” cuz it’s Thursday. I ask only that you consider the evidence.
Would Optimism Please Take the Stand
We’ll dispense with the pleasantries, Optimism. Is it not true that you
- Conspire to make people think their next meeting is “just two floors down?”
- Encourage people to do one more thing before heading out?
- Convince people that traffic is never bad this time of day?
Guilty on all counts! […]