Instead of blaming pessimism, perhaps we can learn from it.  Rather than hiding from the ugliness of the world, perhaps we can discover how best to withstand it.  As I noted above, pessimism’s critics have often assumed that it must issue in some sort of depression or resignation.  But this assumption says more about the critics than about their targets.  Who is it, exactly, that cannot bear a story unless guaranteed a happy ending?  Pessimists themselves have often been anything but resigned.  Indeed, they have taken it as their task to find a way to live with the conclusions they have arrived at, and to live well, sometimes even joyfully.  If this cannot be true for all of us, it is not the pessimists who are to blame, but the problems they grapple with. ~Joshua Foa Dienstag, Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit