A TREATISE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

A TREATISE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES

There some people who think there are some people who know what going on. There are other people who think they know some people who know what’s going on. And then there are the people who think THEY are the people who know what’s going on and, even worse, that they also know what’s going to happen.

These people are optimists. Optimists are delusional and should be avoided whenever possible.

And then there are people who know they don’t know what is going on and don’t believe that anyone else knows what’s going on either. These are the same people who don’t believe that it is even possible to know what’s going on or what is going to happen.

These people are pessimists. One should always pay strict attention to what pessimists think because, if they are wrong, no great harm will happen, but if they are right, great harm might be mitigated. You will nevertheless ignore the pessimists because they are so negative all the time.

Optimists are usually happy people. These are the people who keep driving on fog-covered roads in the belief that they will be able to avoid anyone else in the fog and that anyone else in the fog will be able to avoid them. Optimists usually end up in one of the multi-vehicle collisions that happen every November on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Pessimists are usually unhappy people, morbidly convinced that they will end driving off the edge of a cliff in the blinding rainstorm that has engulfed them, so they pull off onto the shoulder of the road, where they are hit by a tractor-trailer being driven by an optimist. who refused to believe that you can’t see through the fog on the New Jersey Turnpike in November.

Research has shown that optimists are almost always wrong about everything, but they are always happy about it, while pessimists are usually right, but they are usually miserable about it.

So, if you think that the Coronavirus will disappear in a few weeks without killing anyone you care about, or that Bernie will be able to beat Trump without losing the House in the process, my advice is that you should avoid the New Jersey Turnpike in November.

Here endeth the treatise.

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.

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