People often assume that optimism is based on the failure to recognize the bad things that have happened in our world.
It’s actually the opposite.
The optimists are those who know so much about pain and suffering that they’ve been purified of the belief that adversity is a valid excuse for non-action.
Hope is rooted in the knowledge of history.
The more you know about the history of evil, the more you have a reason to believe that we can find a way to make it through the trials and tribulations of our own times.
The open secret of the optimist is this: tragedies are news, but they are not new. Humanity has been here before and humanity will be here again. And if history has anything to say about it, many of the problems of our day will the punchlines of tomorrow.
So don’t get caught up in the sensationalism of the moment. Take the long view. Because if things are going to get better (and I believe they will), it’ll be through the efforts of those who stayed focused on the bigger picture.