What is the difference between, “being a cynic” and “being a pessimist”?
Both adjectives have been used quite liberally to describe me by two who probably understand me more than anyone else!!!
How did I get to be such a negative person? Why do negative feelings come so naturally? As a teacher I feel it is my responsibility to talk to you about being negative.
Negativity is easy. It is far easier to say “no” than “yes”. It is far easier to look for reasons “why it cannot work” than look for “why it should be done” and “how to do it”. It is so easy to complain, whine, blame others, blame the system, the government, the society………… My parents are not rich, my teachers are not good, my college does not bother about students, the system is corrupt, you need recommendations and references to get a good job……. Some of the many grouses expressed by the many I teach. Try to calculate the ratio of the time we spend talking positive and good things to the time we spend talking trash, criticizing, making fun of, and cursing someone or something. We don’t even have to talk negative to be one, we just have to think negative!!!
Of course most of these views are correct. But the point is, Do you have the mettle to stop whining and do something useful to somebody?
Option 1: If yes, you are a success waiting to happen!
Option 2: If no, you are belong to the vast majority of human beings who spend a lifetime wallowing in self pity and do nothing worth mentioning in an entire lifetime.
Something tells me that if given these two options, as educated (not merely literate!!) human beings, we should take option number 1.
I have initiated a process of introspection and correction and I would recommend you guys do the same.