Optimism? — an interesting viewpoint

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

Good Morning, God!

I’ve listened to this book. And it feels a bit like a kick in the head! WHACK! Things are getting BETTER! WHACK! WHACK! It’s odd, God. I have always thought of myself as a “biological optimist” — one who is optimistic as a matter of biological set points.

But as I listen to Ridley’s book, I realize that I, too, have been suffering from the sense of approaching doom that seems to have enveloped our entire culture. Hmmm. A “sense of doom” CAN be useful if it gets us ACTIVATED to analyze and organize positive responses. But, I suspect it more often leads to a “state of hopelessness” in which people choose short-term pleasures to silence feelings of helplessness. Brief pleasures or excessive busy-ness both distract us.

Ridley is pointing out the quantifiable trends have been UP for the last ten thousand years — life expectancy, general level of health, level of knowledge, and the abilities of people to use their individual gifts. So, God, why do we look back with such nostalgia?

Even the Ancient Greeks felt that there had been a GOLDEN AGE before their time — and that they had devolved into a lesser age. Hmmm. Are we dimly sensing an earlier Time with You? A Garden of Eden, Time? And then, there is the desire to Have You Return and take us to a Future City of God. Yes, YES! I remember Patty saying, “I want to go to my Heavenly Home.”

There is that LONGING, God, for REST in YOU. Once again, I need both — to REST IN YOU, and to be BE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. Please help me with the BALANCE!

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