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Optimistic Buddhist?

The common view is that Buddhism is inherently pessimistic as all human’s are subject to the cycle of birth, aging, illness and death. It also seems to me that after being dealt with heavy blows in their lives, people tend to be religious and some became a Buddhist who holds a pessimistic view toward life. I wonder if there is such thing as an optimistic Buddhist? The one that sees life wisely, with great intuitive capacity and gleefully live the life without too many entanglement of consumerism and inner troubles. I raise this question because I am often times pessimistic, yet I am aware that many teachings of Buddhism are true and full of wisdom. Maybe I am just oblivious to the bright side of Buddhist philosophy? Or to further this reflection, Buddhism is neither optimistic or pessimistic, but subjectively objective? In other words, it is neutral?

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