A quotation from Gaiman, Neil:
It’s astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into, if one works at it. And astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself out of, if one simply assumes that everything will, somehow or other, work out for the best.
Full quote, sourcing, notes:
Today in Crypto: $343,038,810 was Lost to Hacks and Fraud in November, a 15x Increase from October - Source: Immunefi
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Darkness, Sadness and Sorrow all around
As seen from a country that is doing well for many. Not all.
Still, it can be much worse if you really live in a Dark country.
But where is Ugly, there is always Beauty too.
As long as a person living in the Dark country can still see the Beauty too, and posts this here on M everyday, there is Hope.
It's cold. It's dark. There's a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now, and the forced merriment of the holiday season can often feel so dissonant with how we feel individually.
With that in mind, can folks share things that they're feeling hopeful about right now? It could be some positive news about the on-going #covid19 #pandemic, #ClimateChange, local organizing you've seen in your area, or just something you personally are happy about or looking forward to.
I need some #positivity right now, and I'm sure others do as well.
Here's my contribution: My area's local libraries have started giving away free #covid tests again. It seems small, but it's a reminder to people that covid is still a problem, and maybe some people who wouldn't otherwise test will now and possibly avoid spreading covid.
Altcoin Rally Cools as Massive $650M Worth of Token Unlocks Loom Over Crypto Market - Several major alternative cryptocurrencies including DYDX, Optimism (OP) and SUI dropped ... - https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2023/11/27/altcoin-rally-cools-as-massive-650m-worth-of-token-unlocks-loom-over-crypto-market/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=rss&utm_campaign=headlines #tokenunlocks #altcoins #optimism #markets #news #dydx #sui
I am, by default, a miserable pessimistic misanthrope & the news, from #nz & abroad is grinding down my efforts to remain hopeful.
So, how does one cultivate #optimism? How do you not just give up and say "fuck it I'm going to get a job with a company that burns coal to turn refugees into microplastics"?
I am sure of one thing: if we get through this, the world's collective bullshit detectors will be finely tuned and razor sharp. #Optimism
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Staying positive when life is tough: Psychologist's tips https://www.advice.news/psychology/staying-positive-when-life-tough-psychologists-tips?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #optimism #positivity #personality
Optimism, Ethereum's layer 2 scaling solution, is stealing the spotlight in decentralized exchange (#DEX) trading! 📈 Trading volume soars to $344.98 million in 24 hours and a jaw-dropping $11.87 billion in 7 days!
#Optimism #Ethereum #Crypto
Here's a little climate optimism to start this day of gratitude.
In the news 🗞️
Easy Crypto, a cryptocurrency exchange in New Zealand, has partnered with Labrys, an Australian blockchain development firm, to introduce the NZDD stablecoin on the #Ethereum blockchain. There are plans to expand its availability to other platforms such as #Polygon, #BNB Smart Chain, #Arbitrum, #Optimism, and #Base.
"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow (maybe)."
- Anonymous, but probably an optimist.
Mrs. Miasma found an acorn from our recently planted oak tree (15 months ago.)
We thought it'd be fun to grow it indoors to be a sapling. Websites that know about such things say that you first have to put them in some water. If they sink, they're okay to plant.
Unfortunately it looks like little Junior is a floater. He has until tomorrow morning to sink. I'm pulling for you Junior.
🌦️ Beyond the Clouds: Finding Hope 🌞
Eckhart Tolle reminds us that even when life is cloudy, the sun is always shining behind the scenes. Challenges are opportunities in disguise, and our inner light guides us through. Let's cultivate gratitude and optimism to reveal the persistent light in our lives. 🌟
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Circle to Enable Cross-Chain USDC Transfers With Cosmos's Noble Later This Month - Decentralized exchange dYdX will be the a user of CCTP, as the project expands beyond Arb... - https://www.coindesk.com/tech/2023/11/14/circle-to-enable-cross-chain-usdc-transfers-with-cosmoss-noble-later-this-month/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=rss&utm_campaign=headlines #technology #ethereum #optimism #arbitrum #cosmos #news #dydx #base #ibc
Ex-Polygon Veteran Wyatt Joins Optimism Foundation Unit in Growth Role - Wyatt, who previously served as president at Polygon Labs and had a stint at YouTube, joi... - https://www.coindesk.com/tech/2023/11/13/ex-polygon-veteran-wyatt-joins-optimism-foundation-unit-in-growth-role/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=rss&utm_campaign=headlines #technology #optimism #ethereum #polygon #news
Just published a new #blog post! "We Were Seeds": http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/2023/11/we-were-seeds.html Includes words of thanks for all who applied to Laminator and a #zine sneak peek.
#Blogger #Blogging #Writer #Writing #Curator #Artist #Artwork #MastoArt #FediArt #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #FineArt #Zines #Publication #Hope #Optimism #FreePalestine #PalestineWillBeFree #Ceasefire #Collage #DigitalCollage #CollageArt #CollageArtist #Indonesia #Design #Designer #GraphicDesign #GraphicDesigner #Adobe
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This morning was one of those running days where the only credit to give is for going out. Slow time, minimal endurance (compared to recent runs). Just an overall sluggish day.
But...it was an opportunity to get some fresh air, see the sun rise, and start the day in a proactive way.
Some Monday* good news: the combined effort of unions & civic activism saved UK rail ticket offices 🚂
*actually last week's news, but if I missed it maybe you did too!
Unions work ❤️✊
#Demographics of #Australia in the coming decade. The #Millennials make #babies, the #babyboomers retire, and #GenZ enters the world of #work in favourable times of low #unemployment and a #skillsshortage. The #future looks bright for #youngworkers. These #statistics suggest #optimism isn’t misplaced.
This is me trying to send a bit of hope and optimism to our young workers. More videos like this on my #TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@simongerman600?_t=8h4W5UtZcy9&_r=1
“And who is and should be a pessimist? He who is mature for death and is in no condition to love life, just as the optimist cannot turn away from it.”
—Philipp Mainländer, Philosophy of Redemption, First Volume (2014), Metaphysics, § 21
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It's dark. It's raining. Again. According to my trusty weather app it will stop raining on the 6th of November. So there's that... #optimism
These are dark times, given -vaguely gestures- everything. But there are still good things in the world. There are people out there doing good things.
Go find them. Talk to them. Give them your support. Who knows? You might make a friend 🙂
Quietly positive today. All the design software I haven’t used for over five years is coming back to me. I’m able to create design proofs for our business. I’m able to work at home. I have a new quartet of phenomenally talented musicians that I’m singing with, one of whom arranged a song especially for me. And it’s Friday and I have a mug of nice chai tea latte warming my hands and tummy.
Just yesterday I was pondering the symbolism of the film All Is Lost & the (pessimistic) future of the world , & this was in the 1st email I opened today - "the idea of having something we do have a lasting and positive effect is powerful. Living should be more than just existence, more than just taking up space, using up resources, going to work and paying bills and bingeing Netflix."
Another f*king brilliant piece from James Fell - Be A Hero -
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These days I have to remind myself again of this #quote by Hans Rosling in #Factfulness: "Remember: things can be bad, and getting better." With the news from #Ukraine, #Israel and other conflicts I sometimes doubt it, but I believe* that when we take a birds-eye-view of decades and taking the whole world into consideration, not just specific hotspots, it's still true. And I still have hope for the future of humanity. Which is what we need to inspire us to *act* to ensure that the world will continue to get a better place, instead of saying that the world is burning and giving up.
I put the larger context of the quote into the image and its alt text.
* Footnote: I said "believe" but the whole point of Hans Rosling is that we should look at the numbers and long-term trends. I'm not sure if there's reliable data already to put the last two years into perspective, I think for that we will have to wait a bit.
I'm trying to make this my new theme song
Is the way I felt b4 #ptsd
By Ad Infinitum
Still dreaming wide awake
On the hunt for "Somewhen brighter"
Pull me back now
I'll dream until my dying day
Create a new "Somewhere better"
I ❤️ "Somewhen Brighter" and need to find that, again
“[Optimism] is not about providing a recipe for self-deception.
The world can be a horrible, cruel place and at the same time it can be wonderful and abundant. These are both truths. There is not a halfway point – there is only choosing which truth to put in your personal foreground.”
- From The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
“To be optimistic is to assume things will work out.
To be hopeful is to realize things can work out if you work at them.
Hope requires responsibility and agency; optimism relieves us of both.
In rooting for your sports team, choose optimism.
In rooting for democracy, choose hope.”
“For optimists, the most perplexing question is how one becomes a pessimist – if one is not born one. For the pessimist, the question is how each person, by virtue of being born, is not already a pessimist.”
I consider myself an #optimist and believe that good will win out in the end.
However there are two important points to bear in mind:
1. Over the centuries many optimists have had bombs dropped on their heads, been tortured or had their heads chopped off.
2. Even if good will win out in the end that doesn't mean we won't go through a few centuries of darkness and suffering in the meantime.
Hope that cheers everybody up!
Listening to an amazing interview with Rebecca Solnit about #hope despite the #wildfires and #ClimateCrisis on this week's episode of What on Earth #podcast. Love that she reached out to #LauraLynch herself to inject this conversation topic into the #climate space, because it is SO needed.
I have no problem being optimistic about #LK99, even if it fails to meet the rather high expectation of total technological revolution, but I am happy to be more optimistic than I am pessimistic about any potential future better than our present.
You can be highly optimistic and still reasonably understand the low chance of success of any one, or multiple, things that could be a net-benefit in the off-chance of success. There is no need to chastise those that had high hopes and excitement because you are more nihilistic in your own expectations.
Optimists are able to harness their imaginations toward positive outcomes. From these observations come lessons, and these lessons generate action, which calls into being a new future.
I don’t begrudge the world false hope.
On a foundation of false hope, plans might be hatched and risks taken. With any glimmer of hope, we try what we otherwise might not have dared (or bothered).
Good morning, BSD.cafe! Less than 24 hours since the launch of our community and we're already 14 members strong. I'm thrilled with the enthusiasm shown for the project and the proposals received for new services to implement at BSD.cafe. Let's keep moving forward with optimism and excitement!
Even though these are very hot days (even though they say next week will be even hotter), last year around this time I was weak due to some issues, and I felt crushed by the heat. Despite higher temperatures this year, I feel good and, even though I feel the heat, I am optimistic and positive about the energy I have. I feel almost the same energy I had at 20... at least until 10 PM :-) #hotdays #summerheat #optimism
The world can break us down. I’d love to hear how y’all find ways to see the beauty in life. What makes you feel better? Optimistic? Comforted?
Maybe a thread here would help others.
For me, music helps a lot. Being in a room with my kids and wife helps. Dogs on my lap. Chocolate. Rain. Lots of clouds and rain. Good coffee.
(Photo: CC Daniel Mirlea)
Finally got around to buying @sarenaulibarri 's Solarpunk Winters anthology.
I read Solarpunk Summers last year after I quit my hotel job, and the stories from all the authors truly helped fight my depression and anxiety, and gave me hope for the future.
#solarpunk #stories #optimism #future #anticapitalism
Has anyone see the new #miniseries called #LastLight? It hits all the important points for me:
- dystopian setting
- end-of-days scenario
- realistic plot
- poor execution of just about every qualifier
- stars Jack from #Lost
It's a tale of ultra-radical Left our-radicalling the Right, and permanently destroying the oil industry. Cool!
Its a good laugh!
Three (3) 🍿🍿🍿
Rebecca Solnit has written a very important piece on the unhelpfulness of #climate despair, but the principles apply universally to the #optimism vs pessimism divide, in regard to manifesting a positive #future.
"To prophesy doom is to proclaim your own oracular powers. To take a cynical stance is to strive to seem worldly, to position yourself as someone who can’t be fooled – though cynicism is often foolish about what is possible and how the world works."
“The simple act of having hope for a better future breaks the doom-loop and builds a platform for action.”
This sense of #Optimism and #Hope is something I am really excited to receive from @humrespro in 2023. We could all use a little dose of #Solarpunk visioning in our lives, I think. 🌞🚀 #RestoreHumanity #Education #Teaching
Well I just love that video and we certainly need to find the good and have hope after these past few years (pandemic and now conflict). #optimism
#Optimism is a choice.
#Dignity is a responsibility.
"One day we will die. But all other days we will live"
#introduction I live in #RochesterNewYork south of #LakeOntario and north of the #FingerLakes I work with and write about #teens and #twentysomethings in the #Catholic world and the #interfaith universe. I'm co #author of #TheFreshmanSurvivalGuide and my most recent book #TheTwentysomethingHandbook came out in March 2021. Lived the #WritingLife 'on the side' for the past few decades while I've worked full time in #ministry I can't live without #coffee #dogs #music and #optimism
#Introduction time! Hello I'm Vivek! I'm a scientist looking at #insect #vision and #cognition, #animalbehaviour, #optimism and #overconfidence. Try to make the science world more inclusive and reliable. I also write -#plays, #fiction, #nonfiction, do #improv and some #illustration. I live in #Newcastle Upon Tyne with my husband. #LGBTinSTEM
#marvel / #mcu
#tech / #apple / old school #mac
#socialmedia / #web2 -> #web3
#anthropology of #religion (aka my schoolin)