This entry could also be entitled the curse of knowledge. The knowledge that we accumulate by having lived a long time is both a blessing and a curse on the desire to be exposed to new experience.
In a sense, we know too much. We have all experienced bad and sad outcomes from initiatives we have taken, and the longer we live, the greater the number of sad cause-and-effect memories. This knowledge can inhibit our desire to try new things.
There’s been some research on which we remember most vividly, bad or good memories. Bad wins.
To acknowledge the space taken up by bad memories is a downer. To acknowledge that the memory and influence of bad memories reduces one’s desire to inquire into the unknown is a downer, too.
So it’s Down With Downers. Up With Uplift!
Uplift is made out of courage for the unknown.