Generally, i tend to agree with Robert Anton Wilson that optimism is the best outlook, in terms of human survival strategy. Last year at this time Jim and i fervently hoped, and i pretty much assumed, that 2006 just had to be better than 2004 or 05. Of course, from a personal standpoint last year Jim's life ended, and the worst year of my life commenced. But with a much wider perspective, things on this planet also seem to be rapidly falling apart, and it's so difficult to even plan for the future.
If you need what my father calls a cheer-up, or just share an anxious, down feeling today, i urge you to check out The World Question Center 2007. The Edge Foundation annually asks experts in various science and humanities disciplines for their reasons for optimism. There are dozens, and they make totally compelling and inspiring reading. Some of them are obvious, or even idiotic, but there are thought provoking, even mind blowing perspectives and predictions.
Thanks to Boing Boing for the day- making link!