The Dictatorship of Optimism

Dwight Longenecker
5 min readMar 2, 2024

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By Dwight Longenecker

Despite somewhat of a reputation for being a curmudgeon, I have always considered myself an optimist. I usually look on the bright side, try to give the benefit of the doubt and believe a man is more often right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies.

Nevertheless, in re-reading William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience I was reminded of the perils of…

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Dwight Longenecker

Catholic priest, author and speaker. Read his blog, browse his books and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com