Is there a difference between "optimism" and "hope"?
@simsa04 This makes sense - and actually, thinking about it, may tie in with how I think about "applying effort". Hope perhaps implies something is possible IF some sense of agency is applied - either from oneself, or from another, or even from something more divine. Whereas optimism is maybe more of an extrapolation of a trend.
They're not mutually exclusive, of course. I think about things in terms of momentum a lot these days: At the start of something, I "hope" I can do enough to give a scheme enough of a push. Once it's going, I get more "optimistic" that it will take on a life of its own. (I still _hope_ it will, but my actions have given the system certain directions of travel.)
@simsa04 Interesting cross-discussion on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/6loss/status/1430091494367580184 but for fedi reference:
I think I can see a way of mapping this to narrative, influence, power and action...
A form of pessimism is often used to inspire action through fear. Optimism is often used as inspiration thru momentum-building. In the middle is occupied by entrepreneurialism and risk-taking.
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