Author Archives: The Cheery Pessimist

About The Cheery Pessimist

Waiting for some sign that we will change our ways before it all comes tumbling down...still, you've got to laugh


Think of a balloon—red, if you like. Bigger it gets with each puff. Red becomes pink, molecular bonds taut. Expansion slows but continues—stop for a breather but then carry on. Relentless… Until… Relief. Something has to give, it always does … Continue reading

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Only human

There’s a phrase going round in my head: ‘The world would be fine if we were all dead’ But surely that’s immoral? Humans mean more than coral, or fish, or bees, or birds or trees… ‘God gave us all the … Continue reading

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This book-writing malarkey

Yes, I’ve been bashing away at this book idea since August 2018 and on re-reading this section, I felt it might as well go on the blog. Comments welcome (I think!) Ellie Harris looked at herself in the mirror as … Continue reading

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Scared new world

We are living through a time when we can see with our own eyes, if we choose to look, that we are running out of resources. Our air is dirty, our water laden with chemicals, our soils a shadow of … Continue reading

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Factfulness: the need to eradicate inequality, not poverty

It must seem as if I listen to BBC Radio 4 all day long. I don’t, honest, but I freely confess to it being my main source of daily info, and being such a good source of stories from academia, … Continue reading

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It’s just a matter of opinion

“Every tool is a weapon – if you hold it right.” Ani DiFranco [1] I love this quote from American musician and poet, Ani DiFranco, because it captures one of our greatest failings: not understanding that we all see the … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 16: Sacrifice

This series of posts began with a look at differing values, using as examples the sacrifices made to the gods by the indigenous Muisca and the ancient Greeks. The Muisca, who lived high in the Andes, in what is now … Continue reading

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