Renato Marinelli


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Why pessimism sounds smart

Good point about optimism. However, the examples used in the article show an underlying use of this mental mindset and dogma: stay productive and efficient (more than others do); use this highly effective mental mindset to generate more wealth, which in turn will trigger sustained economic growth. Well, the only criticism  - and I do my best to keep it as constructive as possible - lies precisely in the paradoxical pessimism that a green, conscientious and socially aware mind will feel after reading the article. Do we really intend to use optimism as a tool to exploit our planet even more? Or to increase economic inequality by playing zero-sum games?

In a nutshell, my humble opinion is that we should use optimism in order to think of "progress" in a slightly different way. And if you think I'm naive, well, at least I'm being an optimist.