Here is a joke I heard about eternal optimism. There was a guy named Joe who always upset his friends about his eternal optimism. No matter what happened, he would tell his friends that it could have been worse. So one day his friends came up with a story so depressing that there was no way it could have been any better. They told him about a pretty waitress named Betty and how she slept with a customer from the restaurant named George. When her husband came home and found them both in bed, he shot them both to death and then killed himself. But then Joe replied to his friends again that it could have been worse… His friends, baffled, demanded to know how it could have been worse. Joe answered that if it had happened one day before, then he would have been dead. 🙂
Note that the difference between optimism and pessimism have almost no difference between them. It is just the OBSERVER that is different, and his or her attitude towards would had happened. It is like both ends of a compass, if you simply change the North and South pole, you are still feeling the effects of the electromagnetic field.
See that a pessimist can easily become an optimist. And an optimist can easily become a pessimist, and vice versa. However, understand this important point. BOTH optimists and pessimists are wrong because life has both good and bad. I was reading books about optimism and some of it is just silly because they only have half the truth. Learn to accept both optimism and pessimism as two sides of the same coin.
No human being is born a wicked person. All children are born as a wise being. Then society comes in, and reduces those people to neurotics and criminals. And I argue the case that all criminals need treatment, not punishment. The punishment will only harden him more, and make him feel more certain that he should not get caught the next time around. Instead of making prisons, he should be placed in a place where he can be educated, study, pray, and meditate.