The world we live in is a world of mingled good and evil. Whether it is chiefly good or chiefly bad depends on how we take it. To look at the world in such a way as to emphasize the evil is the art of pessimism. To look at it in such a way as to bring out the good, and throw the evil into the background, is the art of optimism. The facts are the same in either case. It is simply a question of perspective and emphasis.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Optimism for the meditator
Tonight in ongoing class, we talked about the relationship between optimism and meditative practice including what's valuable about optimism and also how it can be misused. The topic has a lot more complexity to it than I have often assumed. Here's something I think is helpful (although there is a lot more to the subject than this):