Hi everyone. Given the events that have occurred over the past decade (or the past 20 years if you want to take a longer view), combined with the rapid advent of technology, it can be easy for people to feel troubled about the state of affairs of the world, and to fall into despair. I thought I would pose the following question: what are some of the reasons for optimism about the future? What are some reasons to be hopeful? I appreciate any insights or thoughts you would like to share on this regard.