On Pessimism

Alain De Botton on the upside of pessimism.  I lean towards being an optimist.  My wife is a pessimist, although she (rightly, most of the time) claims to be a realist.  I think Alain is on her side.    This is a fascinating, and accessible, lecture on optimism, pessimism, meritocracy and other topics (such as Nietzsche’s view on Christianity and alcohol).

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