Are you worried about the future? It can be hard not to be. If you watch the news, you mostly see violence, disasters, danger, and other forms of pessimism porn. "I won Emmys hyping risks," writes John Stossel, "but stopped winning them when I wised up and started reporting on the overhyping of risks."
Optimism isn't just an attitude, Stossel argues—it's an accurate assessment of how well the human race has fared over the past several hundred years. We were taught to think the future was bleak, yet time and again, humanity survived doomsday. Not just survived, we flourish.