What I am against is false optimism: the notion either that things have to go well, or else that they tend to, or else that the default condition of historical trajectories is characteristically beneficial in the long-run.
False optimism sooner or later means disillusionment , anger and hopelessness.
Does not a misplaced optimism exist, common to all mankind, leading on to false conviction that social engagements, if dated sufficiently far ahead, will never really materialize?
War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary results.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.