Things are Looking Up

I know it may be hard to believe, but human beings are predominantly optimistic. I’m not talking PollyAnna optimistic, which isn’t rational but is annoying. I’m saying that our own futures are bright.

Even though the divorce rate hovers near the fifty percent mark, few people who are marrying think they will get divorced.

Those things happen to other people, not us. We’re the ones that will beat the odds.

This skew to our logic is based up the simple idea that we, humans, are the only acknowledged species on the planet that actually think about the future (politicians excluded).

We dream, we plan, and we design for the future.

And this is not a new phenomenon.

Here is part of the preamble of the US Constitution:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity

Posterity is the future generations of people.

We classify those whose inherent optimism is broken as depressed, in a funk, or blue. And we treat them with chemicals to restore their optimism to ‘normal’ levels or avoid them as they wear us out. We do not medicate the PollyAnnas of the world, even though too much optimism is not a good thing.

Why am I bringing this up? Because when I invest my time in an entertainment outlet, I expect to come away with a little hope at the end. Yes, I like happy endings and when I don’t get them, I get irritated. I don’t have a problem with Freddy, Jason and Michael returning for sequel after sequel, but I have an issue with everyone dying.

Does that stop me from watching the next movie? No, I’m optimistic that I’ll find one that gives me a satisfying ending.

Remember life doesn’t have to make sense, but fiction does:D

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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7 Responses to Things are Looking Up

  1. danrshaw says:

    I think most people are optimistic about their own situation that they have some influence over and pessimistic over situations that others have influence and control over. People use the phrase “realistically optimistic” but seldom use “realistically pessimistic” when in reality both situations apply.
    Conversely if one is pessimistic about themselves and optimistic about others they do need some help. Either therapeutic counseling or drugs.
    Now if we put everyone on drugs they would wander around like the Stepford Wives. Submissive and happy to serve. Of course the Stepford Wives where robots.

      • danrshaw says:

        Oh boy, if it makes sense to you then we both need drug therapy…Maybe I’ll move out west to one of those states where pot is legal?

      • If it helps I am currently under the influence of ether and a double dose of antihistamines.

      • danrshaw says:

        Is ether something you use in your work? I know it’s a solvent that doesn’t dilute with water. We can share. I’ll share my Flowmax, Spiriva and Losartan and you share your ether and antihistamines. Lord, am I taking old peoples medicine or what?

      • you’re taking copd, asthma or emphysema medicines. Yes, the ether is a solvent for my extraction. I am pulling stuff out of the water and into the ether. From beginning to end with my 38 samples will take me 8-9 hours. I have to take the antihistamines because over time I become more and more sensitive to the ether causing red bumps, itching and a runny nose despite my personal protective equipment and working under a fume hood.

      • danrshaw says:

        COPD, enlarged prostrate and blood pressure.
        Doesn’t sound very health at all. All this time I thought scientist had a glamorous job. I bet your a load of fun after a day at work? I don’t see how you would ever feel up to writing books and everything else you do. I googled your symptoms and Web MD said there are 37 conditions associated with those symptoms. Thankfully I have none of them. At my age you have to check everything. LOL
        Reading about ether I know it’s some dangerous stuff. In one form it’s also used as a recreational drug.

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