the human tendency is to guard yourself against pain, and pain tends to come in the gap between expectation and result.
so after years of hoping for something spectacular to happen, and it not happening, people have tried to make that gap as small as possible until they basically become pessimists.
that way you prevent pain, but that’s a very cowardly way to live — trying to avoid pain all the time. that’s what I say back to that. that’s just the way the times are.
but I think that it’s changing. people are becoming more courageous and less prone to that sort of cowardice.