The Eternal Pessimist Syndrome !

This is one of my favourite topics that I would happily debate even in my dreams with a fervour unmatched by SRK, when he’s promoting his movies. πŸ˜‰

Being a traveller of the world ( or wanna be πŸ˜› ) , I find pessimists in all walks and stratas of society. From the old retired nostalgic midwife, prophesying a hard and fatal breech delivery, to the nations’ top elite B school graduate, who isn’t happy with his pay package in comparison to a peer, I’ve seen these people over and over again. I fail to understand this attitude and have often bit my tongue wanting to ask them one single thing – Can’t you for the love of Rajinikanth, be effin’ positive??

Speaking of Rajinikanth, imagine him negative and pessimistic, when the villainous alter ego clones took over the world and his girl in ‘Endhiran‘. Would you guys have whistled and shaken your lungis ,if he had committed suicide instead of launching the trademark Rajini vengeance plot? Or for that scenario, if harry potter had drunk himself to death at The Hog’s Head pub, after he lost his near and dear over various periods, would he have reclaimed life for both the wizarding and muggle community from Lord Voldemort finally? And don’t you dare tell me it’s just a piece of fiction. I have known and seen people who have grew up on harry potter and have had their entire personality warped and formed by The Harry Potter franchisee! Why on earth, then can’t people wrap their heads around the age old fact, that for every down there will be an up ? Unless you are on LSD or cocaine. That shit’s a blackhole! πŸ˜›

Now don’t twist my view that being pessimist is a product of pressure and tension. Being in event management, believe me, no pressure is greater than having your phone going off, your boss yelling in your left ear, your team mates demanding clarity in your right, all when your whatsapp and bbm is exploding on your second phone with an ala carte choice of explicits ,courtesy of your clients. Period.

A Β very frank question -What do you stand to lose thinking positive? Is it the worst case scenario which would happen with your situation, which already can’t be helped? Talking to a few B School friends of mine, there were a few who felt that, they were stagnating and not paid properly. This, when they are part of an international FMCG company, with an annual turn over of 10+ billion, and their pay packages exceeding the GDP per capita of India, 5 times over !! This is usually a moment when i facepalm, hopelessly. :-/

I hope from this blog, I’ve given you atleast a small avenue for thought, and Β get the maximum number of pessimist comments, simply because,Β I can’t wait to read yourΒ attempt of explaining your reasons for negativity. πŸ™‚ After all, as the great Charlie Chaplin said,

β€œYou’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” 

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8 thoughts on “The Eternal Pessimist Syndrome !

  1. So there is the queer negitivity which you are despising ! I completly agree with you on the need to be positive, hope for the best blah blah. Just for the sake of a healthy debate and off course to put across my view point, couple of things I would see as the downside of being an over the top positive person.

    1. Positivity can lead to overconfidence, the fact that one is positive about getting round a system or process can sometime so badly misfire that we dont keep a back up option and the pain is worse than even LSD sometimes. Like for a example a friend of mine was so positive about getting his paper work done through bribes back in India & thats the same time a vigiliance raid happened and now he is sitting at home n counting marbles, poor bloke !

    2. About that friend of yours with wall frame worth Management degree and him not happy with a pay package 5 times Indias per capita GDP, well 15 times that package wont hurt you right ? The point being a tinge of negativity can keep one on toes and not settle down with the usual and make you strive for more !
    3. Well thanks for thinking ahead, I know you stand with the objective of tearing up my “reasons” for pessimism.

    Food for thought – Positivity is not the opposite of pessimism, Positivity is the energy with which you face a situation.

  2. Lol dude.. You really wanna duel it out here? Ok .. here we go!! ( For general public – He is one of my best asshole friends who just has to rebutt and join the fray. So chill πŸ™‚

    1. When i mean positivity, I wasn’t actually thinking along the lines of bribing officials for passing your papers, and ‘positively’ folding your hands and sit back watchin the IPL !! That would be what I term as the pigheadedness, Which needs to be given a ball crunching lesson! πŸ˜› If that person was half that positive and confident about his career path, he wouldn’t risk it. Period.

    2. He he.. This one is gonna be epic..!! Well FYI, 15 times the package wont hurt anyone at anytime ( except if that kind of amount is used as a pillow, it could cause spondylitis πŸ˜› ), but that “tinge of negativity” can only cause him to worry about that money and its expenditure. Not buy happiness. And for that person to achieve even greater heights, rather than being negative/pessimistic, not being COMPLACENT is what he should do. Level headedness goes a long wall breaking the fall in one’s pride! πŸ˜›

    3.Your welcome bro. Oh and also, Curry for thought – Positivity might not be the opposite of Pessimism, but optimism is a definite opposite!! ROFL .. Kidding.. πŸ˜‰

  3. First of all, WTG, Ivin. I am glad you are finally here. And I do echo your sentiments. I have thought on similar lines when I have seen people who join a group and effectively dampen the spirit by their choice pessimistic jibes.
    Your post reminds me of a quote which I used to scribble in all my notebooks back in school/college:
    β€œA pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.” (Leonard Louis Levinson)
    I used to think I was that optimist who is like, “Clouds? What clouds?”
    I don’t know if I am still that, or may be I have turned into a philosopher of sorts. Hehe.. But I still prefer to be the optimist.
    And of course I agree with that English teacher who wanted you to write, except that I am sure she/he would want you to proof read better πŸ˜‰

    1. I am pretty much sure you turned out to be the ageless philosopher with the grand staff to knock sense into others.. And thanks a ton for the positive comments. And psst.. a little secret.. Even i look for the clouds !! Though wouldn’t say am the perfect example at any time! πŸ˜›
      Again seriously thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement.. Hope you be my mama lion in my shaky steps to blogosphere!! πŸ™‚

  4. Loved the upbeat tone of this write. But of course. And, as Shail has said, all those sentiments are in place.
    Richard Bach’s quote, from ‘Illusions’, comes to mind here:
    “Perspective: Use it or lose it”
    All good wishes with your blogging!

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