A Huge and Healthy Pessimism

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In his splendidly sardonic Devil’s Dictionary, that old gringo Am­brose Bierce defines pessimism as “a philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile.”  Bierce would have smiled—or, rather, frowned—kindly upon . . .

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