Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

A good friend recently wrote, “My usual optimism is fading.” I responded, “I am sorry to hear that your optimism is waning – but that is not necessarily a bad thing, for it is better to be realistic than optimistic. And don’t give up hope; there is a difference...

Pessimism vs. Optimism: What’s the Alternative?

Nothing is easier to come by than pessimism. There are plenty of reasons for it. The economic outlook is (still) gloomy: scarce jobs, skyrocketing healthcare costs and crashing retirement investments. Political discourse is relentlessly coarsening. Leaders can’t...

Baptist Thinker Skeptical of Rational Mind

Wendell Berry—Kentucky farmer, poet, essayist and contrarian who’s skeptical of just about everything in corporate America—is nevertheless a man full of hope. Just don’t call him an optimist. “Optimism is a kind of program, a belief in some theory of...