January 17, 2021•80 words
I am grateful for https://ourworldindata.org/
In the past I was pessimistic because I read and learned much about the problems of capitalism.
I am an optimist nowadays mostly because of what I've learned in the past five years or so from people like Hans Rosling and Steven Pinker. Also from movements such as Effective Altruism, and sites like the one linked above. It's a goldmine of insight! As I've learned steadily more, there has been little space for cynicism. https://ourworldindata.org/optimism-pessimism#knowledge-about-what-we-have-achieved-leaves-no-place-for-cynicism