I consider myself an optimistic cynic,usually taking a pessimistic view only with academics for the same reason julyback stated.
If the control is mine or nothing is at stake,life is awesome
If someone else determines everything,well since Humans Are Bastards
or Morons with limited exceptions,then life sucks.
Also Carc,there is a flip side,pessimism puts things in perspective when you start to think everything's the greatest it's ever been. It's a viewpoint better prepared for when something apparently good has a catch 22. If optimism isn't never expecting a disappointment,pessimism isn't always thinking nothing can be good.
If optimism is better at dealing with rock bottom and getting out,pessimism is better at dealing with the tippy top and staying there.
A balance is therefore necessary,I find a slight tad more optimism is better with cynicism as the tool to avoid the pitfall of ideals.
edited 30th Nov '12 5:21:27 PM by terlwyth