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September 06, 2011
There is optimism and then there is optimism.
And then there's Dr. Pangloss.
Panglossian thinking, for example, that sees the upside of the recent downward trend of the market.
It’s a buying opportunity.
And being aware that we're all in this limited financial boat due to the downturn, it makes people feel more connected to each another.
French writer and philosopher Voltaire coined the word, Panglossian, meaning “blindly or naively optimistic,” after the aforementioned Dr. Pangloss, who never found a situation he couldn't find a silver lining in.
"It is clear, said he, "that things cannot be otherwise than they are, for since everything is made to serve an end, everything necessarily serves the best end."
It wasn't long before disillusionment set in as he experiences the effects of being human.
I found an interesting take on Panglossian optimism in the Guardian, in an article, "When all hope is collapsing, it's time for a reality check."
The author of the piece concludes, surveying a series of present day disasters, it’s time to recognize the folly, "not just of false hope, but of false despair."
A modern day Pangloss might even begrudgingly agree.