Unwillingness to see “doom and gloom” is, frankly a blind spot. The earth has cycles, capitalism has ups and downs, civilizations rise and fall, world powers reach their zenith and decline. Species either evolve or die out like the Neanderthals.
It’s almost a natural order that success leads to complacency, then to decadence, then to crisis. Progress rarely occurs during the decadence stage - usually a crisis is required.
We have obviously been in a stage of decadence for several decades. George W. was our Calligula, Obama our Claudius and Trump is our Nero.
Then there is the book: The Fourth Turning which also lays out a cycle with a crisis ahead for the US.
Then just looking at basic Math of the USA’s Debt to GDP ratio - Republicans were freaking out in 2010 when it reached 100% and now it’s 120%. We as a Nation are unable to handle a crisis like Coronavirus without printing and going into 20% more debt. If your family or business has 120% Debt to income ratio nobody would loan you money - because that is the point where it becomes improbable the debt will be repaid.
In fact, in my opinion it’s pretty stupid to not look at what’s coming up in the future ahead as it is and plan for it. People like me expected a Coronavirus situation for years (I was actually buying land and talking about being a “prepper” with my relator in Feb 2020). It’s not rocket science to see that deadly viruses are getting “through the cracks” with increasing regularity in the 21st century. There’s going to be another because the root causes of the past 5 have not been addressed (disgusting unsanitary and even cannibalistic practices in raising animals for meat). And that is only one of a dozen different issues.
If an individual wants to “let the good times roll”, that’s fine. Each can deal with things in their own way, but it surely isn’t responsible to just ignore basic math and obvious trends, or even the fact that predictions are actually coming true.
Nor is it “Integral” to have some kind of aversion to preparing for the worst.