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(The Atlantic)   "Why do people hate optimists?" Maybe because they're f*cking annoying as all else?   (theatlantic.com) divider line 82
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2013-12-26 12:07:00 AM  
But possibly being wrong doesn't explain the anger my columns have provoked, in the form of email and online reactions.

Maybe they don't hate optimists, maybe they just hate you?
 
2013-12-26 12:43:22 AM  
There's a difference between an optimist and a brainless conformist yes-man.
 
2013-12-26 12:49:41 AM  
Skeptics have the upper hand in every argument. Yet, optimism is necessary for any progress. It is a frustrating paradox.
 
2013-12-26 01:02:16 AM  
An optimist can never be pleasantly surprised.
 
2013-12-26 01:37:13 AM  
it's the perkiness that pisses people off
 
2013-12-26 02:23:38 AM  
The pessimist says "things can't get worse." The optimist says "oh yes they can!"
 
2013-12-26 02:25:30 AM  
Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?
 
2013-12-26 02:52:50 AM  

cambie: Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?


When I was a kid, my dad used to say "annoying as all get out," which makes equal no sense.
 
2013-12-26 03:17:07 AM  

HotWingAgenda: cambie: Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?

When I was a kid, my dad used to say "annoying as all get out," which makes equal no sense.


Both are a way of avoiding aitch eee double hocky sticks.
 
2013-12-26 03:18:03 AM  
people really hate 'fake' and it comes out like sweat when someone tries it on you to make themselves feel good.

you can smell it
 
2013-12-26 03:19:49 AM  

jjorsett: HotWingAgenda: cambie: Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?

When I was a kid, my dad used to say "annoying as all get out," which makes equal no sense.

Both are a way of avoiding aitch eee double hocky sticks.


That's a pretty farking lame eternal punishment, if the worst description anyone can come up with is annoying.
 
2013-12-26 03:37:16 AM  
Fark you asshole thats why.
 
2013-12-26 03:37:21 AM  

HotWingAgenda: jjorsett: HotWingAgenda: cambie: Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?

When I was a kid, my dad used to say "annoying as all get out," which makes equal no sense.

Both are a way of avoiding aitch eee double hocky sticks.

That's a pretty farking lame eternal punishment, if the worst description anyone can come up with is annoying.


Some like it hot.
 
2013-12-26 03:39:39 AM  
Because most optimists are full of shiat. Except Matt Ridley. He's got a grasp of what improves things.
 
2013-12-26 03:40:11 AM  
I personally really can't stand it when they show you 1, then 2, then ask if either is better, and THEY'RE THE FREAKING SAME! ...and don't get me started on the goddamn puffer test... well, at least it's better than them trying to stab you with that blue light...

Oh, wait, optimist...

Nevermind.
 
2013-12-26 03:50:43 AM  

HotWingAgenda: jjorsett: HotWingAgenda: cambie: Am I the only one finding "annoying as all else" sounding weird? Is that some regional thing I'm not familiar with?

When I was a kid, my dad used to say "annoying as all get out," which makes equal no sense.

Both are a way of avoiding aitch eee double hocky sticks.

That's a pretty farking lame eternal punishment, if the worst description anyone can come up with is annoying.


I work with an Australian that pronounces aitch as haitch. That's fairly annoying.
 
2013-12-26 04:03:07 AM  

Bucky Katt: it's the perkiness that pisses people off


Speak of my breasts again, and you'll feel  just how hard I can punch ;)
 
2013-12-26 04:21:26 AM  

DiRF: I personally really can't stand it when they show you 1, then 2, then ask if either is better, and THEY'RE THE FREAKING SAME! ...and don't get me started on the goddamn puffer test... well, at least it's better than them trying to stab you with that blue light...

Oh, wait, optimist...

Nevermind.


s2.quickmeme.com
 
2013-12-26 04:28:26 AM  
Hey-diddly-ho, Farkers! What's going on in ths thread?
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2013-12-26 04:30:25 AM  

ktybear: people really hate 'fake' and it comes out like sweat when someone tries it on you to make themselves feel good.

you can smell it


no, that's the 'fake it till you make it' pessimists-in-denial crowd. Even us true optimists hate them.
 
2013-12-26 04:39:33 AM  
I miss Andy Rooney.
 
2013-12-26 04:51:06 AM  
Optimists and pessimists both suck.

You a facing some issue. The optimist says, "I expect the good result." The pessimist says, "I expect the bad result." Meanwhile, people who aren't retarded say, "I'm going to base my expectations on rational reasoning combined with prior evidence, not on the idea that the result is due to some cosmic mastermind is trying to make me feel good or bad."

Also, most people who say they are cynical are just pessimists. The difference between the two is that the cynic knows that reality sometimes works in your favor, and treats both good and bad things with the same disdain and suspicion, whereas the pessimist merely thinks everything is bad.
 
2013-12-26 04:51:12 AM  
"As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart."
Proverbs 25:20
 
2013-12-26 04:54:20 AM  
A philosopher is talking to a particle physicist.

Philosopher: "A full glass has half the liquid removed. Is it half full or half empty?"

Physicist: "It's both. And neither."

Philosopher: "That makes no sense."

Physicist: "You obviously never studied particle physics."
 
2013-12-26 04:55:49 AM  
Because being <insert emotion> all the time is a sign of a mental disease.
 
2013-12-26 05:33:37 AM  

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"Greetings to all! What matter of discourse is underway, pray tell?"

 
2013-12-26 05:43:08 AM  

Apos: [static.ddmcdn.com image 670x440]

"Greetings to all! What matter of discourse is underway, pray tell?"


I'm not even a Catholic, but seeing a man like that in such a position of power chips away at my own personal pessimism, and maybe, just maybe, the world isn't quite as ****ed as it appears.
 
2013-12-26 05:51:19 AM  
That piece devolved into preachy tripe.
 
2013-12-26 05:56:13 AM  

August11: That piece devolved into preachy tripe.


Maybe that is why people hate him.
 
2013-12-26 06:10:08 AM  
Well, there's no happy cat meme is there now subby?

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2013-12-26 06:18:56 AM  

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: Skeptics have the upper hand in every argument. Yet, optimism is necessary for any progress. It is a frustrating paradox.


Al Gore just wept.
 
2013-12-26 06:21:49 AM  

Bucky Katt: it's the perkiness that pisses people off


Oh lord yes. It should be perfectly legal to shoot perky people until they are dead.

On second thoughts, it should be mandatory to shoot perky people until they are dead.
 
2013-12-26 06:23:35 AM  
I've simply stopped giving a shiat either way.

As a student of history I understand there really isn't anything new going on, and until a lot more people become a lot more aware of themselves, and how they can affect others, we'll keep repeating the same cycles. With scarier weapons.

The real problems in this world are most people never advance beyond the emotional maturity of a teenager, and never develop critical thinking and the will to act on it. Every single social issue we have stems from these, and every single person on the planet is guilty of failures in these areas at one point or another. Until we collectively grow the fark up, nothing is really going to change.
 
2013-12-26 06:34:17 AM  
Optimists are ok as long as they aren't also "morning people." No such thing as a "good morning" so shut up and give me my coffee.
 
2013-12-26 06:39:04 AM  

uttertosh: ktybear: people really hate 'fake' and it comes out like sweat when someone tries it on you to make themselves feel good.

you can smell it

no, that's the 'fake it till you make it' pessimists-in-denial crowd. Even us true optimists hate them.


it isn't natural to be optimistic every single day, no matter what. It would have killed us as a species if it was the normal course of behaving
 
2013-12-26 06:43:39 AM  

ktybear: uttertosh: ktybear: people really hate 'fake' and it comes out like sweat when someone tries it on you to make themselves feel good.

you can smell it

no, that's the 'fake it till you make it' pessimists-in-denial crowd. Even us true optimists hate them.

it isn't natural to be optimistic every single day, no matter what. It would have killed us as a species if it was the normal course of behaving



I'm sure if you try harder, you can be positive every day!
 
2013-12-26 07:08:03 AM  
Fark the optimates.
 
2013-12-26 07:10:50 AM  

aerojockey: Optimists and pessimists both suck.

You a facing some issue. The optimist says, "I expect the good result." The pessimist says, "I expect the bad result." Meanwhile, people who aren't retarded say, "I'm going to base my expectations on rational reasoning combined with prior evidence, not on the idea that the result is due to some cosmic mastermind is trying to make me feel good or bad."

Also, most people who say they are cynical are just pessimists. The difference between the two is that the cynic knows that reality sometimes works in your favor, and treats both good and bad things with the same disdain and suspicion, whereas the pessimist merely thinks everything is bad.


In my particular brand of optimism, I always expect the best but prepare for the worst.  Preparing for the worst isn't pessimism or cynicism, it's doing whatever you can to get the best possible outcome from a difficult situation.  Being upbeat and positive even in those circumstances because I have prepared is what seems to put people off.

A lot of people are just drama queens though.  They want to be all sackcloth and ashes in public when something goes wrong.  I just don't have time for that.
 
2013-12-26 07:13:50 AM  
Optimists; you gotta hate 'em.

How dare they be happy when I think the world hasn't handed me enough?
 
2013-12-26 07:17:38 AM  
Meh, this pathetic mud ball's doomed anyway
 
2013-12-26 07:51:47 AM  
Because they're always going on like 'Does this look better?' 'or this?'  'How about this?'  'Or this?'  Man, fark those guys.  Never needed glasses and never will.  I never misread anything.
 
2013-12-26 07:55:50 AM  
I'm fine with optimists.  It's pessimists I can't stand.

One in particular.  Everything is awful, the world sucks, her life sucks, everything always goes wrong . . . she drains my spirit every time I talk with her.  I've been tempted to tell her to just put a bullet in her brain if life is always this terrible.  (No, of course I've never said it.)

And she won't go get medication for it, despite being repeatedly asked to do so, or at least get checked.  I almost think she likes feeling like this.
 
2013-12-26 07:57:32 AM  

uttertosh: ktybear: people really hate 'fake' and it comes out like sweat when someone tries it on you to make themselves feel good.

you can smell it

no, that's the 'fake it till you make it' pessimists-in-denial crowd. Even us true optimists hate them.


I feel I say this often, but so much this. The fake optimists are just grinding on the soul. I always check my pockets when they leave.
 
2013-12-26 08:09:22 AM  

honk: I'm fine with optimists.  It's pessimists I can't stand.

One in particular.  Everything is awful, the world sucks, her life sucks, everything always goes wrong . . . she drains my spirit every time I talk with her.  I've been tempted to tell her to just put a bullet in her brain if life is always this terrible.  (No, of course I've never said it.)

And she won't go get medication for it, despite being repeatedly asked to do so, or at least get checked.  I almost think she likes feeling like this.


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2013-12-26 08:21:14 AM  

Boudyro: I've simply stopped giving a shiat either way.

As a student of history I understand there really isn't anything new going on, and until a lot more people become a lot more aware of themselves, and how they can affect others, we'll keep repeating the same cycles. With scarier weapons.

The real problems in this world are most people never advance beyond the emotional maturity of a teenager, and never develop critical thinking and the will to act on it. Every single social issue we have stems from these, and every single person on the planet is guilty of failures in these areas at one point or another. Until we collectively grow the fark up,
nothing is really going to change.


FTFY
 
2013-12-26 08:24:55 AM  
"Optimists are just pessimists with nothing left to lose."  ~  R. Stevens
 
2013-12-26 09:15:36 AM  
Because we don't believe in the generalized bullsh*t of global warming....

Had to be said.
 
2013-12-26 09:34:00 AM  

Mister Buttons: Well, there's no happy cat meme is there now subby?


No Happy Cat? Are you serious? Happy Cat was the ORIGINAL cat meme asking the ever eternal, "I can has cheezburger?"
 
2013-12-26 09:40:38 AM  
because your constant posting of trite "motivational" bullshiat makes it readily apparent that you don't understand the situation. "positive thinking" won't solve problems. rational thinking and hard work will.
 
2013-12-26 09:45:52 AM  

Mister Buttons: Well, there's no happy cat meme is there now subby?

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