We live in a time where optimism, when it rears its head at all, does so only guardedly.
We allow ourselves to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about a potential job, or a relationship, or an upcoming election. But optimism should be reckless. Otherwise, it is likely to fail to engender change, progress or–in its most glorious, terrifying form–revolution. Caution is the coin of the status quo; recklessness barters cows for magic beans.
Sure, striking such a bargain on blind faith can lead one to some pretty dangerous places, but wonders never reveal themselves to those who take a chainsaw to the beanstalk without thought of ever scaling it.