I agree. We must have some connection with the facts of the situation we are in, of course, but the future is never fully determined by current facts. Over determinism about the future is, I think, misguided, because, as Angus notes, the way we frame our current predicament will have a significant bearing on how we problem solve. Optimism is powerful and energising. And it changes not just our mental state, but empowers our creativity. The alternative story (which I hear quite a bit, particularly about climate change) is that it is all too late. Maybe for some things (the Great Barrier Reef probably will not survive intact), but to give up now on the basis that we can’t imagine a better future is to make a mistake about what creates our future. So this is a jolly good article! Thanks Angus.