Human experience varies, somewhat dependent on our habits, and habits are somewhat chosen.

In that lies the wonder of us current, pre-silicon-augmented humans.  Choosing our moods and priorities.

Part of optimism, I’d like to guess, involves including a harsh thick skin – similar to the skin of the calculated psychopath.

Part of it includes being warm when that suits.

I’ve had close relations with psychopaths.  I’ve been toughened, like an emergency room doctor must get toughened in order to tell funny jokes to the wounded he tends.

And my heritage and allegience is to the fundamentals in life.

I think the two reconcile.  I think life is what you make of it.  What you can make of it.

Armor is part of the process.