Brown a glass half-full kind of guy

Former Greens leader Bob Brown at the Launceston launch of his book, Optimism. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Former Greens leader Bob Brown at the Launceston launch of his book, Optimism. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

TASMANIA boasts 93 per cent employment, the best living and child-raising environment in the world and an influx of artistic types looking to join in.

There is, according to former Greens leader Bob Brown, plenty to be optimistic about.

Dr Brown spoke yesterday before the Launceston launch of his memoir, Optimism.

The event, hosted by Petrarch’s and Hardie Grant Books, filled the theatre of Inveresk’s Tram Sheds.

Launceston and Liffey feature heavily in Dr Brown’s writing.

‘‘I came up with writing anecdotes,’’ he said.

‘‘Life’s long and a lot happens.’’

Dr Brown referred to the introduction of his book, which quotes 20th century philosopher Bertrand Russell: ‘‘The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.’’

Get over it, Dr Brown said.

‘‘Pessimism would be a reasonable reaction to the way the world is but that doesn’t get you anywhere,’’ he said.

‘‘It is very important for all of us to be kind to ourselves.

‘‘I run into a lot of people who say everything is too bad and everything is too tough ... we must remind ourselves the glass is half-full.’’

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson launched Dr Brown’s book last night.

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