I’ve had worse problems with the positive outlook people.
The world we live in is a fucking slaughterhouse, history is an endless stream of cruelty and hate, my country is about 40% people I earnestly wish would drop dead. That doesn’t mean I have to remind everyone I meet that things are bad, I don’t.
No I don’t go around like the people you’re talking about but I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to smile without a reason to. Good news, a good joke, win the lottery, okay, smile. Walk around grinning? No. That’s phony and people didn’t do that before TV.
The positive outlook people are maintaining a delusion and people like me who don’t cooperate with it get slimed. It’s the positive outlook people who’ll go to your boss with some total lie to get you fired. Every time.
I suppose you’d say I have a negative outlook but I am aggressively candid about what’s my fault and what isn’t. It’s necessary and cathartic for me to own up to being wrong and to apologize to people I’ve wronged. And I get plenty of chances for both.