Pessimist Handbook

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This is part of a book I am putting together – although whether it ever sees the light of day is another matter. In any case, at least something will have been published in this much-shortened edition.

So, this book is free to any sucker that wants to read it. It’s full of aphorisms with a short commentary attached to each. I can be rude to my readers because it’s free, and having paid nothing for it they have got nothing to complain about – and no, I don’t want to no about the typos.

The orgy of optimism that is sweeping the planet is a sure sign that things are not good. Why would people need affirmations, phony passion, goals and other claptrap if everything was okay? Clearly it isn’t, and so people cling to the new religion of optimism – because the future has to be better than the hell they live in right now.

But here is the twist – pessimists tend to be more successful and happier – the very things the optimist wants. Such cruel irony.

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The only satisfaction you will ever know comes from the realization that you will never be satisfied.

The naivety of science rests solely in its belief of a world that exists independently of perception.

If you can go all the way down to the bottom of the pile of shit called life you may experience a sort of pleasure from your own inner honesty and courage.

Illness and death await us all, and unless that prospect is considered to be okay, then things are never going to be okay.

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