"Very likely, what with enemies, and mountains, and rivers to cross, and losing our way, and next to nothing to eat, and sore feet, we’ll hardly notice the weather." -Puddleglum
My family members sometimes call me Puddleglum, after the Marshwiggle character in The Silver Chair, a book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Marshwiggles are swamp dwelling Narnian pessimists who spend their time fishing and forecasting misery. I am called Puddleglum because my family thinks I'm being overly pessimistic when I tell them that we're all doomed. However, there are those who share my pessimistic outlook. In his interview with Peter Seewald titled God and the World, the Holy Father, then a Cardinal said, "Nowadays nothing seems less tolerated than what people call pessimism-and which is often in fact just realism." Ratzinger then predicts that the Church will shrink and declares Europe to be a lost cause. I feel somewhat vindicated by the knowledge that like me, the Pope is a Marshwiggle.