Pessimism Is an Indulgence

Interviewer: “When it comes to human nature and human behavior, would you describe yourself as a pessimist?”

“Pessimism has no function. It’s an indulgence of people who have little stamina to confront the challenges of modern life. And it’s a good way to rationalize their withdrawal from the great work of human beings, which is, as Senator Daniel Webster said, justice.”

Link: A Conversation with Ralph Nader


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