Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.
Alex Steffen: Futurist, author of
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
“What is really radical is being willing to look at the magnitude and difficulty of the problems we face and still insist we can solve those problems. The people Alex Steffan refers to are happy to have us on the sidelines. I’m [suggesting that] people get off the sidelines and join in.”
Sam Daley-Harris is founder of RESULTS, a citizen’s lobby and author of
Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government