Optimist vs. Pessimist vs. Existentialist: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

I was discussing the state of the world with a friend last week, who is something of an optimist in life.

I said that I was a strong pessimist, always had been and recently it had got worse.

She said: no you are an optimist and reminded me of my labour relations days and my resilience, my keep on keeping on in the face of adversity.

I said: no I am a deep pessimist who knows for instance the history, the horrors of the Eastern Front in WW2, and sees such disastrous times coming again; and yes someone who believes in fighting hard to avoid pessimistic outcomes that I as a pessimist think overwhelming probable. Camus is my hero and his plague fighting doctor Rieux in La Peste. Existentalist

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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