Sep 9, 2012

Relentless Optimism

In one talk, Peter Diamandis tells the reasons both why I hate television news and why I love technology.

First, he explains the nature of news media. “News media preferentially feeds us negative stories because that's what our minds pay attention to… If it bleeds it leads.” This is in particular a problem and even vicious in old-fashioned broadcasting media. They are inherently one-way channels, yet very powerful informing devices. It can be and has been effectively used for brainwashing. Those who have been through some part of late 20th century know everything. So, “It's no wonder that we're pessimistic. It's no wonder that people think that the world is getting worse.

I must admit here that I used to shamelessly describe myself as a pessimist. However, I’m shamelessly saying, we’ve got to be relentlessly optimistic to make the world a better place. It doesn’t matter what ‘the world’ means; it’s your world.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
—Helen Keller
I was sick and tired with life, so I caught cold. Pessimism is a mental cold just as infectious as a physiological one. Don’t make yourself more susceptible by listening to such news.

Pessimism is an intellectual scam. I was ignorant and desperate for a get-smart-quick scheme. Don’t fall for it like me.
Waxing pessimistic is one of the easiest ways to masquerade as wise.
—Alvin Toffler
As TV has been showing, pessimism looks like a norm. Don't give it a moment’s thought.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
—Steve Jobs
Watch the Diamandis’s talk, it’s full of hopes drawing a bright future!

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