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Making the case for self-confident pessimism
September 22, 2014

If you expect the worse and this feeds fear and dread then this will be immensely damaging. And yes, it will exacerbate the chances that bad things will happen and that you will not be able to cope.

But that is not self-confident pessimism. For it you can retain equanimity and curiosity in the expectation that events will go wrong or not turn out as you best might hope, then this will immensely strengthen you.

It means understanding and making real these two magnificent lines from Rudyard Kipling’s “If”.

    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;

Could you do that?

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