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jamescousins
jamescousins
My mother, the pessimist blinkingblimey.com
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odd
odd

@jamescousins We have our own problems over here, (Norway), and although I’m not entirely positive about our administration, it’s better than the last one. I heard about “Thin Lizzy”, and how it will be a continuation in many respects. I’m hoping the people of Britain will cast their ballots differently at the next election. As for the pessimism, I somewhat grew up with that too, and we were some of the poorer families in our area, but we always had food and necessities. Sad to say, I think I’ve “inherited” some of my mother’s pessimism.

jamescousins
jamescousins

@odd You, at least, have your sovereign wealth fund. We just flogged everything off! I share the hopes for the election, the last Labour government left the country a better place. Hopefully the next will repeat that.

odd
odd

@jamescousins Yes, that was a very wise decision to make in it’s time, but how enormous it is, it will only take a couple of really bad years to wipe out.

I love my mother, but I don’t want to spread the same negativity that she used to, (dementia is a really bad thing, but in that regard, it has made her happier).

jamescousins
jamescousins

@odd But nowhere else has that buffer. A couple of years buys a lot when times are rough.

I know what you mean. It was an odd pessimism, very specifically about the longer term. I do wish I’d understood it better, and whether it was a temperamental thing, or based on something else.

odd
odd

@jamescousins That’s true, we are really fortunate.

Boomers lived through the escalation of the atomic threat, social unrest and the part disintegration of the core family, maybe that and health factors could explain some. (My mother has GAD, same as myself).

jamescousins
jamescousins

@odd Hadn’t thought of that. I guess there is a Western tendency, among those of a certain age, to think there was the Second World War, then peace, then today’s messy geopolitics.

We forget the constant anxieties of the Cold War, or the less than democratic regimes of places like Spain and Portugal. It was probably easy to think that, sooner or later, something would break.