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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ivy
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ivy

boy the way adelaide played last night its a wonder their supporters did`nt pelt them with bananas, the whole lot of them played like monkeys

howdyjohn
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howdyjohn

Yes. He is now grooming himself for the challenge. See last week’s Australian newspaper. It always starts this way and with the regulatory sob-story about his family background.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Yes

dante
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dante

Got you Mission. The thing that makes me laugh about the UK is that the megarich people live in London and Kensington and once they get out and about they are surrounded by the people you mentioned. Lots and lots and lots of them. Been ther mate…seen it.

pelican
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pelican

just laughable…but breahtlessly reported by the MSM….I saw a report on Ch9 yesterday where the talking puppet said ‘ there are reports ISIS and the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons during the conflict’..now you cant tell me that is not deliberate misinformation and propaganda…and it happens everywhere,..it is a disgrace

craigh
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craigh

Pretty sure I witnessed bullying big time on 7 this morning. Stayed there as a new interview with Cate Campbell about to be shown. What was shown was a very upset Campbell very tearly saying she didn’t want to say all that and the interviewer (just off camera) saying she had to. Quickly back to Andrew O’Keefe and painted dolly who said that was the wrong clip, while both looking like stunned mullets. Is that part of the deal for 7 with the Olympics that the athletes are at their beck and call? Didn’t look nice and that girl was… Read more »

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Oh and BTW to demonstrate my point, Abbott, who is a real pugilist, fought hard, by the rules and gave quarter against and to an opponent, Turnbull, who had no regard for rules or fair play and who used every opportunity to damage Abbott, through proxies and had the fanatical fixation to do whatever it took to beat Abbott. Who won that round? And do you think that the fight is over or will be after the next round? Abbott, it seems, has tossed in the towel, Turnbull will not give up until he is whipped into submission and even… Read more »

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

Wolfowitz must think keeping classified information on a private server in your home is good security practice.

MichelLasouris
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MichelLasouris

Lots of informative “OTs” these days. Larry, had you thought about an “open forum” a bit like Catallaxy, for PP’s to start their own threads? I don’t think it would detract from responses to the excellent articles that you and your colleagues provide….Just a thought.

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

If Clinton does die in the arse health wise before Nov 8th, where does that leave the yanks in the Presidential race? Will it be grounds for Obumma to defy the 2 term rule?

paisley
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paisley

The best thing next week is to call a party room meeting and ask for people interested in leading this country to nominate. If five have a go then run four ballots with one dropping out on each ballot, until you have the new leader. This would give us all a fresh start. Me thinks Turnbull would miss out.

cinerama
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cinerama
TonyH
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TonyH

France’s version of our high court has overturned the Burkini Bans made in French districts. Isn’t socialism wonderful!!! http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/top-court-suspends-frances-burkini-ban/news-story/c4f0aad4cb612bf846b546f5a1bba9f3

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

Old Granny Tenpin will be in a Stephen Hawking chair soon anyway. The rat can hardly stand up.

craigh
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craigh

Thanks for that info, one I had missed. DH, I don’t think he does now, putting up stuff like that in support of DT!!

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

So you approve of the Clinton’s do you Saddler?

Pablo
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Pablo

Australia needs a site like this Desperately.. http://www.breitbart.com/

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

Favourite to be next Dutch PM vows to BAN the Koran and CLOSE all mosques
THE front-runner to become the next Dutch Prime Minister has vowed to ban the Koran and to close all mosques in the country.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/704172/Geert-Wilders-Islam-religion-Muslim-Koran-PVV-Dutch-Freedom-Party

Pablo
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Pablo

Obama is doing Everything he can to Disarm the USA, But his Islamic Brothers are a different story… https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/08/26/20146/pentagon-has-shipped-more-million-small-arms-iraq-and-afghanistan-s-defense-forces

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1rdoval@gmail.com

Good grief! . . . Backpacker murder accused, Smail Ayad, fronted court wearing a ‘spit hood’. I wonder if Gillian Triggs and Sarah Hanson-Young have been made aware of this barbarous Abu Ghraib torture.

AKOFNQ
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AKOFNQ

Thought for the day – It is better to have a lobster on your piano than a crab on your organ

pelican
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pelican

Australia is at war..its Aussies vs the politicians. Our politicians are the useful idiot traitors who work for the international cabal and their job is to herd Aussies into the pen..and then exterminate them all. Mass immigration and enforcing illegal sharia law is working a treat…combined with treacherous MSM who provide 24/7 lies, propaganda and misinformation. add to that the Christian Churches who now represent islam rather than Christianity and the fake jew lobby essentially the Rothschild Khazarian Mafia (most ‘hebrews’ (since the jews disappeared into Egypt over 3000 years ago) in the middle east submitted to islam – as… Read more »

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O/T the useless U N , on the GAYbc this morning they had a visual of a reffo camp full of Sudanese Supposedly protected by the U N military where Raghead terrorists are taking pot shots and raping the women under their vigilance the N W O aka U N useless leeches manned by ex labor hacks.

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

There is an election on in NT today . Will be interesting .

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

Anyone know how Salman Dushdie is getting on?

edwardo
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edwardo

As always Harry, a good read, thank you.

WilberforceMcQuerkensnerkel
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WilberforceMcQuerkensnerkel

OFF TOPIC . . . SELL THE ABC & SBS . . to raise funds to cover the extravagant waste on illegal immigrants.

chrisk
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chrisk

OTsorry>>>>Me Thinks Turdbull best start circling the wagons as I see a challenge coming on very soon.

TONY Abbott has called on Malcolm Turnbull to quarantine national security from spending cuts while warning against the political suicide of moving closer to Labor on other key issues.

In a provocative economic address this morning, the former Prime Minister also called on his colleagues to not give up on economic or budget reform in the face of a hostile Parliament.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/abbott-warns-turnbull-of-moving-closer-to-labor-on-key-issues/news-story/e48653c327258e1f402a0dc1343fb16e

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

At the ABC, Pantsdown and Proud of It

As Pauline Hanson’s return to Canberra became clear, the national broadcaster whipped up a faux ‘news’ story to promote its favourite academic drag queen’s sexist denigration of One Nation’s leader. The complaints department says this is a fair use of taxpayer money
https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2016/08/abc-pantsdown-proud/

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

Abbott warns against Libs moving too close to Labor on reform…..David Crowe (Aust)

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@screwedtenancy
Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Peta Credlin is going to work for James Packer , she would be an asset to any organization .

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Tony Abbott has cautioned the turd not to take the Liberals too far to the left . Abbott is gathering strength as mal sheds votes on a daily basis . The turd has as much a place in the Liberal Party as shorten .

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Strike a match , cinerama .

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

I’ve always worried about bob .

twentytwenty
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twentytwenty

“There’s gotta be an old fart in there somewhere”.

CarrieD
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CarrieD

Thanks Harry, a really good article. Shame “Donna” the male boring old troll has hijacked the thread as usual.

dogtrumpet
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dogtrumpet

Oh, so now it’s her fault for being murdered rather than just another act of barbarism conducted by an Islamic animal bred to believe that all women exist for the sole purpose of sexual gratification. There was no game. There was no misunderstanding. Just another animal act by a filthy adherent to the world’s most uncivilised mysoginistic and violent ideology. It won’t be the last.

CarrieD
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CarrieD

“Donna” appears to be a male.. the same boring old fart we have had to put up with under another name now pretending to be female so he won’t get clobbered. Trouble is, his language and style of writing is still the same. Give it a rest mate. Stop trolling all the articles.

cinerama
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cinerama

My privy has an aurora about it.

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HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GailLouise
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GailLouise

OT: but I thought the whole raison d’etre of being aboriginal was to be the caretaker of your country….isn’t that why they won’t move off their land etc to get a job and why native title etc was made law….?

Well this mob is thinking of selling land given under native title back to them, to the chineses….for $45 mill

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/realestate/news/gandangara-local-aboriginal-land-council-set-to-sell-barden-ridge-site-for-more-than-45-million/news-story/07cb6455c9cfb6ae8a3376487177c28e

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

I know bob Katter well . He is a liar , not to be trusted .

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

Earlier this year the fans of a major Australian soccer team stayed at home and didn’t go to the games . It only took 4 games for the money to run out and the bosses to agree to the fans terms .

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

Puck him and all the other pillow bitters .

Eric Hunt
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Eric Hunt

Got me there Flysa. I’ll have to look that one up !

Jack38
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Jack38

I am sure that many people will not vote either CLP or Labor. Many independants will be elected.

disgusted1
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disgusted1

I just seen Giles on TV saying from their internal polling he’s confident they won’t lose office, time will tell who’s telling fibs

craigh
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craigh

In Larry’s last article, his grandson runs that nightclub and they closed the night she was murdered out of respect for her. All terribly upset as she was such a lovely person.

igiveup
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igiveup

Your journey begins when you realise there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim.