- being a bliss-bunny (vice of excess)
- being incautious/unprepared (vice of excess)
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
Notes and links¶
- Notes on hope, optimism, and trust (David, LessWrong)
- Benjamin Franklin has an essay on “the handsome and deformed leg” that asserts that people are always surrounded by the better and worse, and some people by temperament focus on the one, and others on the other, and that this explains a great deal about how superficially similarly-situated people have very different outlooks on life. The latter type “are continually discontented themselves, and by their remarks, sour the pleasures of society; offend personally many people, and make themselves every where disagreeable.” He says it’s a sort of habit and can be cured and reversed, (therefore a virtue, no?). Put this way it seems complementary with the sort of “charity” we offer to other people’s arguments (for instance).
- “Optimists are more likely to engage in action-oriented, problem-focused, carefully planned coping and are more willing than pessimists to seek social support.”