Ask a Mexican

This week we asked: How do you feel? Are you happy but pessimistic, or happy and optimistic?

A recent Gallup poll found that 84% percent of Mexicans are happy, but also that 46% felt pessimistic that 2018 would bring economic prosperity for their country.

1. Esteban Medina, 45 years old, mechanic

I am happy and pessimistic, I guess. I know the country is sinking even more this year economically, and I know there is not much we can do about it. I am conscious that this crisis is a consequence of years and years of bad government, bad people and poor choices. Our country could prosper if we changed as a society and stopped blaming the government. Not that they aren’t guilty, but we are guilty too.

askamex_7.JPG2. Facundo Gómez, 32 years old, bus boy

I am not happy or optimistic. I hate the people who are running our country, society is worse than ever, the police, health services, food is expensive, rent is expensive, crime is on the rise, kids are bad, adults are worse. What is there to be optimistic about? I think those who are optimistic have their eyes closed or something.

3. Joselyn Quintero, 19 years old, secretary

I am not completely happy. I would like to change a few things, but I definitely am optimistic. We are in such bad shape as a country, the only place we can go now is up. There isn’t much room for things to get worse, and I think we as a society are starting to open our eyes and realize we have an actual power to change things.

4. Isabel Zamora, 21 years old, unemployed

I guess I am one of those people who is neither happy or unhappy, and not pessimistic or optimistic. Mexico has never been in really good shape; once we got pretty close, us Mexicans were to blame when things didn’t happen like they were supposed to. Government works for us, not the other way around, and we have had the representatives we deserved.

5. Ricardo Sanchez, 53, unemployed

I am happy and optimistic. I have no current job and I see the good in people; everyone is trying to do good things to keep our country going. As far as the other portion of people who are pessimistic, it’s those you see walking around with a mean face, being mean all the time, not helping others and making their own existence miserable. Life is great, and we should really start being grateful for the little things, like a roof on our heads and food in our bellies. After all, it could be worse.

6. Luis Hernandez, 27 years old, waiter

I am happy and realistic, which is very different than optimistic and pessimistic. I know what is happening in my country, and I know that we could change it if we really tried. The thing is that most of us only look after ourselves and not the collective. Those who are pessimistic are only dooming themselves, and the optimists are living in a dream. We should all accept our reality so we can focus on what we can do, and start working.