Can I just clarify something about this blog? I know that the vast majority of posts here are criticising something that’s going on that I think is making things worse, making people suffer, causing injustice or unfairness – but this is because I’m an optimist. These are all things I firmly believe we can do better. And should. I argue against the status quo in areas where I think the worst possible response is to just accept “that’s the way it has to be”. It isn’t.
You know that old definition of the pessimist and optimist – the former seeing the glass as half empty, the latter seeing it as half full? I reckon that’s the wrong way around. The pessimist would have expected the glass to be empty, and would be surprised to find it with any liquid at all – “oh, it’s half full? Well, I’m sure it’s poisonous.” The optimist would have expected the glass to be completely full, and would be disappointed to find it wasn’t – “really? They left some out? Didn’t expect that. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll be full next time.”
I’m an optimist because in all of these areas (including glass filling) I am convinced there is a positive path to something better, and that highlighting what’s wrong with the status quo is simply the first step to improving it.
I know we can’t change the world alone. But we can make sure we’re part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Is that really so negative?