Definitions: (1) taking the most hopeful view of matters; expecting the best outcome in any circumstance; looking on the bright side of things; (2) believing that good will ultimately triumph over evil and that virtue will be rewarded
Balancing Qualities: Practical, Realistic
• Optimist: “Daydreamer” more elegantly spelled. — Mark Twain [born Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) Mark Twain’s Notebook
• Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible. — Brian Herbert (1947 -) & Kevin J. Anderson (1962-) Sandworms of Dune
Comment: While listening to a political debate, I realized politicians are caught in a trap of projecting an overly optimistic point of view. The public demands they solve the existing problems. In order to receive the confidence of the electorate, they are compelled to make optimistic promises. Politicians trying to get votes will project an optimistic image no matter what.
Even an honest politician is hampered by trying to meet the requirements of optimism. If the politician does, in all sincerity, believe he or she can accomplish what is promised, then they might be naive. Social problems are so large, diverse, and involved they will take more than a few years to solve. On the other hand, cooperative action will move us toward solutions.