Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What Am I Optimistic About?

Yesterday I posted on this year's Edge question: What are you optimistic about?

Today I thought I'd answer. For me, this is a challenge -- I've always been a glass half empty kind of guy. But growth happens, it you allow it, and I think my position has grown and changed.

So here's my answer: I am optimistic about people.

I don't mean the whole of humanity. What I mean is individual people. You. Or you, or her, or that guy over there. In the last year, and especially in the last few months, I have been repeatedly surprised by the generosity and compassion I have seen in the people I know, both meat-based and virtual.

So, if there is anything that makes me hopeful for the future, it is that I see more and more that there are many people out there who are striving to be good, honest, helpful human beings. And our numbers are growing.


~C4Chaos said...

wow. i share your optimism. in the words of Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."


WH said...

Hey ~C,

I've always loved that quote.

~ Bill