Saturday, January 12, 2008

Nobody will ever read this post

I don't really know why I'm such a pessimist. It's not like I'm depressed or bitter. I just usually expect the worst.

I've got a package that's supposed to come today. Well, it was supposed to come last Saturday. I don't expect it to come today at all, really. It's already been in Redmond for two weeks, but the Postal Service sucks. I've already called them about it and they've assured me that they'll deliver it today. It's registered mail, so I have to be at home to get it, which means that it can only be delivered on Saturday.

(Signature-required package delivery options are just about the worst service that comes to mind right now, at least for a residential customer. For a business it makes perfect sense. But who's home during the middle of the day to accept and sign for a package? If I didn't work on weekdays, I wouldn't order so many things by mail. Anyway, that's a tangent.)

  • Maybe I'm a pessimist because I grew up poor. I didn't get much of what I wanted, so I stopped expecting things.
  • Maybe I'm a pessimist because I like to pretend to act logically, and pessimism seems more logical than optimism.
  • Maybe I'm a pessimist because many games force you to plan carefully for the worst-case scenario, and I play a lot of games, and it's starting to affect my personality.

Whatever it is, it's not a new thing.

3 comments:

stolee said...

I read your post. There's no reason to be so cranky! Turn that frown upside-down!

Travis said...

"That's a smile, not an upside-down frown!"

nyomi said...

god I hate people who try to force optimism on others.

I think pessimism is superior b/c the potential for disappointment is minimized and the joy of a good turnout is optimized. (I don't know how clearly I made that sentence)

Ok... for example, let's imagine a grid, 2x2. The top row is Optimistic, bottom row is Pessimistic. 1st column is good outcome, 2nd column is bad outcome. To me (and very generalized), Optimistic/good outcome is about a 3--you thought you would get the outcome anyways and you're happy that you did.
Pessimistic/good outcome is about a 10--you're surprised, amazed and absolutely delighted that something you didn't think would happen, has.
Optimistic/bad outcome is about a -7--your hopes and dreams are dashed.
Pessimistic/bad outcome is about a -1--ah well, it happened as you thought it would, and all it did was make you slightly more pessimistic.

So--stay pessimistic!