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the Death of Optimisim

My kids were watching the Matrix the other night and it made me realize how good the effects and the ideas are behind the movie are. Of course the whole “Allegory of the Cave” idea where we are only living in a shadow land of what is real has been around since, well, Plato, it still has a real resonance today. The thing is what if it isn’t so much a cautionary tale made for the pessimistic society but does that have to be the case? Does the future have to be so bleak and do we have to constantly be warring against the machines. Since when is optimism a dirty word? Why must we always be at war with the future? And if we are does it mean that we have no control over what is happening? Are we unwilling to be positive about the future?  Or are we creating a world that we have no control over and are afraid to imagine greater than we ever have before?

 

Optimism-Breeds-Optimism

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All we have to fear is, everything,

While reading the Harper’s Index, I was surprised to see that while in the last ten years violent crime rate has fallen in eight of those years while during those last ten years the majority of Americans think that violent crime is on the rise. So while we are safer in reality the perception is that we are less and less safe. As a media pundit I can only think that the reason for this is the fact what we are being bombarded with bad news or that possibly we, like Eeyore, seeing a world that is pessimistic and gloomy, even thought he reality may be quite different. Is this happening because of our new medias ability to push information and news into every moment of our life or is it that we are still stuck in the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality regardless of the reality and have we come to a place where that trend is endangering our perception of reality- possibly allowing us to create a world that matches our perception.
Lets hope that we can stop seeing reality on our screen and see the world around us for what is really there

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