So then, when the sound mind is outmatched, outnumbered, and hopeless, it must cling to the fantasy of a world where the odds are better.
Some would call this pathetic naiveté. A childish desire to see the darkness as sunshine and rainbows. "It's easy to believe the best," they say, "but the hard truth is that the world is very dark."
False. There is nothing easy about being positive.
Hopelessness is, in fact, the champion of the lazy. The defeated don't have much work ahead of them, and no expectations for their performance. It is easy to believe the worst. When there's nothing to be done, there's nothing that needs doing.
But for those who see everything as a problem to be solved, those who proceed forward as though the world is the way it should be, much work is in store. Slings must be checked for wear. Small stones must be gathered, hefted, and carefully selected.
And we could use a hand.