I often hear on the board that I am a pessimist and do not believe that HM will be here in the near future and that this is hurting the HM board, and why am I here anyways?
I answer that I am not a pessimist , I am a realist, there is a difference.
I was browsing the internet today, and came across the wikipedia page for one of the most decorated war heroes of the Vietnam War, General Stockdale.
In it there is a quote where an interviewer asks him…after the war…(he was a prisoner of war, held by the north vietnamese for many years)
When Collins asked who didn’t make it out, Stockdale replied:
“Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
Witnessing this philosophy of duality, Collins went on to describe it as the Stockdale Paradox: “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.I make this parallel to the HM board, to me the optimists here who latch onto every new lame brained theory, are like the prisoners or war who died of a broken heart
they are too eager to latch onto something and hope that a cure will be here in 2 years and I think they just set themselves up to be disappointed