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.