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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Why so glum?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25799 points ) April 4th, 2012

This question about the times we live in garnered a lot of cynical and negative answers, including from me.

Why are we so gloomy or jaded about the present times?

We live in an era of ever expanding scientific knowledge about our bodies, our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe. Advancements in science enrich our lives every day.

There are people working diligently to bring about greater access to healthy living standards, more transparent governing institutions, and the advancement for the rights of many different minority groups all over the world.

Aren’t good things happening, too?

Is there any good news you think should be shared with the collective about the times we live in?

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Blackberry's avatar

There are good things happening. Maybe it’s the constant bombardment of current events that are dampening our spirits. I have a happy and fulfilled life at the moment, but it just pisses me off that GOP is a real entity and our congress exists, lol. I can’t help it, it eats away at me that these are humans with actual power.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I guess being cynical helps them look smarter.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I knew I was going to die. And I didn’t. Try to be glum after that.

Nullo's avatar

The mud below is ever so much closer than the stars above, and it stinks.

Haleth's avatar

If we don’t see the negative, we can’t change it. Being pissed off is better than being oblivious.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

@Blackberry Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef and kitchen god.

Aethelflaed's avatar

It is very en vogue to think that we’re just so much more selfish/greedy/evil/doomed than all those other periods of time, especially the generation right before us.

Good things: There’s a new male birth control. It’s 100% effective, one treatment lasts 10 years, there’s really no side effects, and both the original treatment and reversal are dirt cheap. Oh, and it probably kills HIV. Bad things: There’s “no” reason for Big Pharma to put money into bringing it to the everyday American man. Also, to the best of my knowledge, there’s no female equivalent. But, you know, we have the technology.

On a personal note, I get to do this really awesome internship next year and get credit for it. So, I’m pretty psyched about that.

josie's avatar

Unless you are unjustly imprisoned, or hopelessly disabled, life is a pretty good deal. The people who seem to always be trying to convince me otherwise are politicians, the press, and the clergy. I refuse to listen to their self serving bullshit.

Sunny2's avatar

I just answered the question about the worst functioning part of the U.S. government system. That’s enough to make any one feel glum.

john65pennington's avatar

Hey, I woke up for another day this morning….........

I am happy !!!

incendiary_dan's avatar

You mean besides the facts of increasing world violence, potential catastrophic ecosystem collapse, acidification of the oceans, medical waste disposal saturates the environment with dioxins which is found in every mother’s breast milk, 90% of the large fish in the ocean are gone, we’re experiencing 120 extinctions a day (that’s the conservative estimate), unprecedented drought in the U.S. cutting off water to some farmers for the first time in 70 years, Peak Oil will likely hit the downward curve in the next five years, and authoritarianism on the rise from both the left and the right?

Nothing to be gloomy about.

mazingerz88's avatar

Because my lotto ticket didn’t win the 642 million jackpot. But you’re right, The Avengers is about to be shown so that evens it out.

Trillian's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake I have all kinds of good things happening to me on a daily basis. That wasn’t the question however. At the risk of sounding like I’m trying to convince anyone of anything, I won’t go into the reasons for my answer.
I’ll tell you what I don’t do, I don’t presume to know the motivations of other people’s words or actions.
If you want the most recent batch of blessings in my life, I’ll be happy to tell you all about it via PM.

tinyfaery's avatar

It’s all downhill from here. Sorry if I’m not in a celebratory mood.

filmfann's avatar

Looks like I might be on strike when my contract expires Saturday night.

likipie's avatar

Good things only happen when we make them happen.

SmashTheState's avatar

“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”Woody Allen

rooeytoo's avatar

I am with @john65pennington – where I am sure beats the alternative! If you read “Just For Today” every morning when you get up, and then practice it for the rest of the day, life is pretty good really!

ucme's avatar

Some buggers simply thrive on misery/pessimism.

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