Despite pessimism

1.- Pessimism

The starting point of this spontaneous notes is if pessimism is directly proportional to the amount of disappointments in life. How is it possible not to become pessimist after having gone through many disappointments in life?

A pessimist knows how things will look at the end, a pessimist anticipates the end, the end is predictable, this is why a pessimist is a kind of prophet in a negative way, because what is to come is not new at all, simply a repetition of a cycle, a deception, everything obeys to the logic of tragedy.

The pessimist has the consolation that at least they “know”. A pessimist can easily be ironic or even cynical because they feel protected by the fact that they know, and this knowledge detaches them from the world, the world cannot harm them anymore; a pessimist is immune to disappointments as a kind of self-defense.

A pessimist is never a hero in the classical sense but a pessimist has the arrogance of thinking themselves as independent and free from the facts of the world. Pessimism can become easily vanity.

A pessimist has very little to lose because his bet is barely insignificant.

2.- Despite pessimism

What if we stop believing that optimism is the natural opposition to pessimism and we rather believe in despite pessimism.

A pessimist is negatively free, the question is how to be positively free? How to manage not to stay in the comfort zone of pessimism and to attempt to return to the world of risks and dangers?

A despite-pessimist is not an optimist. An optimist engages in a process with expectations of success, hoping for the best to happen, while a despite-pessimist engages in a process as much as an optimist can do with the difference that there are no expectations of success. The despite-pessimist acknowledges the difficulties and highlights the experience of struggle during the process despite of the results, despite of the potential success or failure. This is why despite pessimism is a transformative experience, because even if the results are failure, failure becomes the fuel for affirmation, failure stops being a result and becomes a means. This is a thin line between despite pessimism and because pessimism: to transform the obstacle into a reason and to affirm the negativity. Because-pessimism can potentially flirt with the attitude of cynicism.

A despite-pessimist has surpassed pessimism and finds the necessity of being capable of returning to life with a present. To return to life means to leave the suspend zone of pessimism where everything has value zero and to start betting in the world of values, a despite-pessimist knows that it is time for an emergency, the emergency of claiming what is worth, which life is worth living.

To surpass pessimism implies to renew oneself with innocence, the innocence of being able to see the world “as if it would be for the first time”. This is an operation or a gesture of renewing and rejuvenating one´s own worldview: this is the gift: to offer the glasses that allow you to see the world as if it would be for the first time. This is the poetic and affirmative force of despite pessimism.

Despite pessimism means: despite of knowing before hand about the tragedy of the world, despite of knowing how things will come to an end, despite of being able to anticipate the end, despite of knowing that reality is cyclic and that things repeat themselves, despite all that, I see the world as if it would be for the first time.

This is the lesson: irony is the result of disappointments but it is needed to be ironic with irony itself, to be ironic with pessimism itself and to become positively free and to risk oneself to be capable of being disappointed again and again, despite of having many reasons to be a pessimist it is needed to return from the suspended zone of value zero with the gift of being able to rejoice life despite of…