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Happy Daze
The Role of Optimism in our Downfall


Cilento Publishing, August 2022

Happy Daze exposes optimism as a mind-altering cultural fix. 


Too much optimism has stimulated climate change denial and all manner of excessive human behaviours. Optimism may be life-enhancing, but too much optimism has a corrupting influence. This book explains why and how optimism can lead to very bad outcomes. 


Tom Jagtenberg’s last book, Beyond the Limits: A Planet in Crisis (Cilento Publishing, 2015), is a hard-hitting and probing analysis of the underlying problems that define the possibilities of any response to the problem of climate change. No matter how hard politicians try to broker agreements curbing greenhouse gas emissions there are deeper obstacles that would seem to guarantee Planet Earth’s ecological decline. 

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