how do you do it? no, really. this is a genuine question. i don't mean how do you stay grateful or positive. i can practice that, and do.... and for the most part, i am. but i find it extremely hard to be 'optimistic' about the future of the world (environmentally, politically, economically etc) and what that might mean for my child. i don't say that in a cynical, world-weary, jaded way. i mean all the ugly stuff in the world genuinely gets me down and creates a gloomy backdrop to my life. religious people generally seem more optimistic, but if you don't believe it, you don't believe it, so let's not go there. There are polititians i admire (very few, but some), geo-political commentators I read, and human rights activists I know of, who see much more of the ugliness of the world than i do, and who maintain an optimistic outlook. Perhaps i should read martin selgiman's book. but hey, netrider feedback is so much more entertaining so i thought i'd run it by you. any ideas?