It must be great being a pessimist. When you always expect the worst, surprises are usually pleasant ones. Little wonder then that pessimism is so popular.

There is one endeavour however, where pessimism is just not an option and that is when you are fighting.

Years ago, when I was infinitely more stupid than I am now, I used to occasionally climb into a ring with a dedicated martial arts expert who was determined to pound my face to a pulp. Looking back, it was one of the craziest things I ever did whilst sober.

                       An optimistic Harry at the Ferntree Gully Hotel in Melbourne in 1989 

If you are going to indulge in such a pastime, it pays to have a really great trainer and I was lucky enough to have one of the best. My trainer was a huge West Indian guy called Lincoln. It wasn’t Lincoln’s size that was so impressive however, it was his incredible aptitude for strategy.

Of the many things he pounded into me, one stands out above all others. “If you climb into that ring with any doubts at all” he told me (between blows), “I guarantee that you will lose.”

I have come to realise since, that this advice doesn't just apply to Thai boxing. It applies to every kind of fighting. Once you are convinced that you are going to win, the only consideration becomes, “how am I going to do it?”

That isn’t to say that boundless optimism will get you over the line every time. The Light Brigade found that out to their dismay on a particularly disappointing Wednesday afternoon in the Crimea.

While optimism isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success however, pessimism leads to defeat every time.

A stark example of this was provided for us in Mohammed’s day. A group of Jews lived in an Arabian town called Fadak. When their neighbours in Khybar were overrun by Mohammed’s army, they became so pessimistic that they threw in the towel before the bell had even rung.

Whether or not they might have been a match for Mohammed’s forces is something we will never know. What we do know, is that they submitted to the Islamic semi slavery of dhimmitude without so much as a whimper.

By comparison, some twenty centuries before the opening of the first green grocers shop, a group of 300 Greek optimists wedged themselves into a narrow coastal pass at Thermopylae. 

From there, they stared down an army of a million Iranians who were determined to barge their way into Greece, without so much as a fake Syrian passport between them.

Sadly, they were not eventually successful in holding back the invading forces, (thanks largely to a local traitor whose descendants went on to run the ABC, allegedly). Their incredible resolve however, is thought to have been a contributing factor to the pessimism of the Iranians from that time on. The unfortunate invaders eventually turned tail and tried to retreat home.

Sadly, in a shocking breach of their human rights, the Spartans flat out refused to pack them enough food for the return journey. Consequently, most of the invaders starved to death on the way back leaving the Western world safe from attack for centuries.

When I first started my own personal war, I was actually quite jealous of the Spartans. What wouldn’t I have given for another 299 mates backing me up. Why couldn’t I be facing just a million berserk Middle Easterners instead of 1.2 billion? Wouldn’t it be great to have just one traitor in my camp, instead of an entire Parliament full of them?

Despite this, once I understood what I was up against, I never for a moment doubted that I would beat them. This was not just because of Lincoln’s advice. It was because I could see their weakness and knew that once we understood what we were fighting, that they would have no chance.

Now, with hundreds of thousands of optimistic Australians standing shoulder to shoulder with me, how can I possibly doubt our victory? Every day brings more support, with Bob Katter the latest (but surely not the last) politician to join the growing number on our side.

I understand of course, that not everyone can share my optimism. We are all different people with different personalities. If you can’t help but feel pessimistic about the outcome of this fight, I get that.

I would ask just one thing of you however. Pessimism is contagious so please don’t share it around. Don’t share it at the pub where you could affect dozens of people. Especially, please don’t share it online where you could affect millions.

You can fake anything online, including optimism. By doing so, you might convince many others that we can win. Heck, you might even convince yourself and if pessimists challenge you online, send them this article.

One thing I am sure of is that once we are all convinced of success, this fight will take on a whole new dimension. When that happens, we will find out how much resolve our enemy really has. 

Frankly, I think that will turn out to be quite a surprise, even for an optimist like me.

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craigh
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craigh

I hope the NT voters take notice of the help ABC has again given labor and votes against them. Surely they remember how ABC helped put many out of business with the 4 corners live cattle fiasco? And then the recent lies about the prison thingy.

DickSavage
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DickSavage

…. This AFL organisation is developing into something really nasty …. Bastards lost me for life when they allowed that big poofter and their rental thugs to brutalize the thirteen-years-old child.

DickSavage
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DickSavage

…. Israel is the greatest success story in the Middle East …. Israel is the only success story in the Middle East. Am Yisrael chai.:

James65
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James65

Obvious bias is obvious. Shame on them, again.

margport
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margport

Arab men are taught from birth that they are special and can have anything they want. He was apparently claiming she was his wife. I guess he didn’t appreciate that she had her own opinion on that. She was not at fault in any way, shape or form. She stood no chance against the mongrel.

Eric Hunt
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Eric Hunt

That legend reminds me of the aboriginal creation stories describing how the Rainbow Serpent was the creator of rivers, streams and waterholes. Apparently the serpent moved across the land, carving the landscape with its long and powerful body. Yeah, right . . .

Millie
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Millie

And just how will he research that. Will his research be doctored to reach his already stated project prediction? I think giving $500,000 to the homeless on the street would be money better spent. Or how about the Government start implementing slashing Government spending and start with not throwing money needlessly away to agenda driven fools.

Millie
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Millie

As someone familiar with the area it is a nightclub. Maybe research it before implying something like that after this poor young girl has just lost her life in the most horrific circumstances. That comment was very disrespectful.

dante
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dante

Last time I looked Enoch the Poms were kicking the Wog Ball too. It’s a religion in the UK. Does that make them Wogs?

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

i said to my doc, ‘bloody hell, at least you could have kissed me first!’

cryptonium
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cryptonium

What about bent yellow dildos? Monkey business.

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

di natale and norman gunston were separated at birth

EnochPowell
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EnochPowell

For me, I find all sport mind numbing

cryptonium
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cryptonium

what if she threw an orange or an egg. It’s all bullshit. The public should black ban a few games. Money talks and that is all the AFL care about. Cash

EnochPowell
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EnochPowell

The AFL is slowly dying. Wog Ball (Soccer) is quickly taking over from AFL & that other equally stupid NRL. Australia has long been out of step. But now with so many wogs coming here…….. That’s why the AFL/NRL are shitting their knickers

cryptonium
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cryptonium

Wear a burka, and the AFL will kiss her arse.

EnochPowell
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EnochPowell

I’m having a few beers & enjoying some re-runs of the Black & White Minstrel Show, Kingswood Country & Love Thy Neighbour.

EnochPowell
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EnochPowell

They do more harm than good. Avoid colonoscopies like the plague

alistair50
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alistair50

LOL THKS IE

rosa16
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rosa16

I can certainly undersand that feeling Flysa…yes. I firmly believe some places hold an imprint of energy, and I have experienced it myself. As has Islander, who has visited the cave St John lived in in Greece. You may have seen his mention of that here, recently.

Pablo
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Pablo

Yes Prime Minister. Humpy would be proud……

rosa16
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rosa16

Thanks for another excellent article Harry.

MohammedWazzaPaedophile
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MohammedWazzaPaedophile

(thanks largely to a local traitor whose descendants went on to run the ABC, allegedly) Bahahaha PMSL

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

she,ll get off IF the banana has been peeled sarc ONYA FLA

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

are you sure ? and not his son ? has funny eyes , I E thai rub and tug

GregDeane
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GregDeane

At least one traitor has been miffed-when the treacherous, blimpy cow was moved out of her Immigration portfolio. Di Natali must have realised her shrill carping was driving more patriots into fill the breach at the modern day Thermopylae. I wonder if Angela Merkel would have invited Xerxes’ Iranian hordes to Germany.

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

I hope no greyhounds were involved D O S ?

TheUntouchables
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TheUntouchables

‘There is movement up in Canberra because the word is going around that the man from ol’ Warringah is about to make a play’

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

THEY are dying in the arse up here in QLD the shit is hit the fan the weak as piss LNP are brown-nosing the O N miss piggy is in a quandary knowing they are fucking hopeless and Pauline is on the march , fkn luvit gutless pricks , they would give their own mother up just to save their filthy hide.

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

.. . and they are running scared !

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

The lefties and poofters are now on the back foot !

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

Go Pauline !

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

We are in exciting times … Hanson is going to have a huge influence on the outcome of the next Qld election !

Audioslavic
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Audioslavic

Good on you Harry……………now pass the ammunition!

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

but a return to Abbott is not the answer !

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

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peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

Turnbull would be wise to stand down now instead of facing the humiliation of a slow tedious rejection. But a return to Abbott is not th

TheUntouchables
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TheUntouchables

And in addition to Turkey attack 10 dead in an attack on Somali restaurant late Thursday night with authorities blaming Islamic extremists.

Mohammads terrorist troopers getting right into this week end it appears.. Makes you wonder whose next on the hit list!!!

Islander
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Islander

When the Persian armies demanded that the Greeks surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas I responded with this phrase. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase. – Laconia is the region of Sparta – Molon labe meaning “come and take [them]”, a classical expression of defiance. Although the Greek contingent was defeated, they inflicted serious damage on the Persian army. Most importantly, this delayed the Persians’ progress to Athens, providing sufficient time for the city’s evacuation to the island of Salamis. Though a tactical defeat, Thermopylae served as a strategic and moral victory, inspiring… Read more »

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Nine dead, dozens injured in police HQ attack in south-east Turkey..Ankara: Nine people were killed and at least 64 wounded in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in south-east Turkey on Friday, hospital sources said. Cizre is in Sirnak, a province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population. News channel NTV showed large plumes of smoke billowing from the site which it said was a police checkpoint. State-run Anadolu Agency blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been involved in almost daily clashes in… Read more »

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Islander

Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky chooses college over $7m in endorsements…United States swimming star Katie Ledecky is forsaking an estimated $6.7m in endorsements to attend college. The 19-year-old won four golds and a silver at the Rio Olympics, but she is resisting the temptation to turn professional and reap massive financial rewards to carry on her education. She will start her freshman year at Stanford University soon.Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert, told ESPN that Ledecky “‘could command as much as US$5 million ($6.6 million) annually in endorsement income by turning pro, especially given that at just age 19, she… Read more »

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

these arseholes are 5th columnists from the turd down P S mine is O positive.

cinerama
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cinerama

Great work Harry.
I am also very optimistic, with the Trump win in November, the other worlds leaders will see the light and change sides very quickly as this rubbish usually does.

Pablo
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Pablo

Australian Islam Problem solved…….JUST apply the Laws that were imposed on the Outlaw Motorcylce Gangs when they got too unruly for the Police to deal with. The Government was more than happy to shut the Clubhouses, Do the same to the Islamic Club Houses & Teaching Centres. Prohibit them gathering in groups of more than 2 or 3 members. The Government was more than happy to impose this upon Australian Citizens to Protect us from Violence. I would suggest, that they are discriminating, by not applying the SAME STANDARD to an organization who is well documented as having been Infested… Read more »

Corporalselwyngeorge
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Corporalselwyngeorge

ALL I can say is that we are in control of the FUCKING N W O , REASON ? the reason being that that piece of filth also known to belong to the religion of pieces who murdered that young English beauty in Home Hill fronted the BEEK with all the attatchments you,d put on a dog with rabies , the BEEK cleared the court indoing that he said it had nothing to do with terrorism HELLO arseholes including the MOSLEM protectors ASIO AFP and the rest of you sharia infected arseholes Aussies will not cop it.

patrick123
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patrick123

people who are interested in USA election watch Trump asking : what do you have to lose: very very interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7tSKoFRvgw

David Hiscox
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David Hiscox

PS Well written

taqiyyamagnet
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taqiyyamagnet

is the bloke who was stabbed by the goat fucker still alive? cant see any updates on this, plenty of news stories about kim kardashian’s arse, though.

David Hiscox
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David Hiscox

Good one, Harry, from one optimist to another, I’m with you all the way

alistair50
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alistair50

Nice one Harry.

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