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