I recently came across an insightful quote on optimism by David Deutsch. In his book The Beginning of Infinity he defines it as follows:
Optimism (in the sense that I have advocated) is the theory that all failures — all evils — are due to insufficient knowledge. . . . Problems are inevitable, because our knowledge will always be infinitely far from complete.
The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch
Although Deutsch points to the ubiquity of problems, he also gives us the solution. He says that any “failure” or “evil” can be addressed through information, and that is powerful. Especially as a professional, it is the key to solving the seemingly insurmountable.
And that, according to Deutsch, is optimism: all problems can be solved through knowledge. There is hope.