The Perpetual Optimists

The perpetual optimists for their part question nothing, being under the ruling imperative to curate happy faces and dispel any suspicious little cloud. Meanwhile, the leaders of the hive cultivate a methodical “shock-and-awe” strategy of merriment with mass entertainments, sweet demagogy, rampant consumerism, the promulgation of positive thinking, or the propagation of prosperity theology. The aim is to preserve the status quo combined with a state of blissful hope. We are not suffering from an epidemic of pessimism; we are infected with a recurrent virus of unhinged enthusiasm and confidence. Why else would we persist in trusting the same ideas and powers that historically failed us?
All forms of optimism unchecked by a lucid sense of logic have a potential for tragic results. Smiley is the noonday sun that promises the light and delivers scorching heat. Our makeshift wings keep us afloat on the winds of elation, but as we near the zenith, the wax that holds the feathers is melting, and we are bound to be precipitated into the sea of uncertainty whence we came

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
an image, picture, painting of Icarus the youthful tragic hero of Greek mythology
Galileo Chini, Icarus, 1907

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