“Pessimism is a luxury in good times… In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence.” –Evelin Linder (as quoted by Jamais Cascio during his 2006 talk at the TED conference)

That kind of crap just really pisses me off. Pessimism in the good times turned out to be realistic. If the times weren’t so obviously fucking outrageous, “pessimism” might have been recognised as realism.

The idea that someone who had been pessimistic about the direction that western society has been taking wouldn’t be capable of adjusting their world view to suit the reality of new circumstances is just plain insulting. Especially coming from some jerk that believes mans ingenuity is going to magically transform itself from a curse on the earth into a blessing…