I don't see the value in teaching people to view positive outcomes as evidence of intrinsic good, while viewing negative outcomes as circumstantial. In reality, all outcomes in our lives are a mix of our actions and circumstances. Why would it be a good idea to skew your viewpoint otherwise?
Also - Optimists must believe that the world offers ample opportunities for everyone to succeed? That is a very American viewpoint. Many Americans grow up in abundance, and are taught that homeless people are lazy, don't want to succeed, etc. In reality there are *billions* of people on this planet who haven't been born with the advantages we have in the US. The world certainly doesn't offer them ample opportunities for success.
Optimism is just phony chipperness without an accurate view of reality.
- 5/15/2013 3:23:44 PM