Every week we can see the world fresh. Like a bud on a fruit tree, the fruit ripens more and more. This is seeing the world fresh every week. Do you have the patience to watch things change? The more you look at something, the more you see micro changes over time. Time is the greatest teacher because seeing change gives you history, and history is something most refuse to take the time to understand.
True optimism is to see the best of something surface over time, and this is not well understood. Too much motivational talk is focused on the wrong things. Instead of a proven history over time that can shed light on the optimum best ideas, they focus on the short-lived qualities of attitude and energy. Optimism is neither. The real truth about optimism is how it scales in people and not individuals?
In the business world we use the concept “scalable” to determine if a business is profitable. If you cannot make your costs work to produce a profit, the business is not scalable. For example, you may be able to produce a great broom, but if it takes five hours and two people to make that broom and if it takes over six different products from various suppliers, and if you can only make two brooms a day, this is not scalable, meaning you cannot make enough to live on because the costs are too much for only two sales.
Optimism must be looked at in the same way. Does it scale, meaning can it reach a larger market? Genuine Optimism is not what the pushers of motivation are telling us. For instance, too often we hear that optimism is for individuals and not whole groups. This is a big mistake.
Have you ever felt marginalized because your attitude was not appropriate but you still had great ideas or a hard work ethic? And were you made to feel less than optimistic because you would rather perfect your ideas or work longer hours rather than spend time in a cheerleader moment?
There may be a big market to reach individuals with political optimism, but when observed at over time, the optimism for individuals is seriously limited because it does not have a way to organize as a people. Real optimism is people organized.
Martin Luther King rallied many. Like Gandhi, Christ, and so many others, the voice of entire communities was suddenly heard. Modern ideas of optimism ignore this because they are seeking to lift individuals and not whole people. Lifting whole people is an entirely different kind of optimism. Compare the two quotes. Honestly, which one is more optimistic?
- Keep your eye on the prize and push hard enough and you will win the day.
- All men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.
Imagine being employed in a corporation controlled by one person and then compare that to King Author’s knights of the round table. Which one is more optimistic? Would you rather be subject to one person or would you rather be an equal at the table? The first does not guarantee that you will have more voice or more inclusion. More voice and more inclusion naturally equal more optimism. When voice and inclusion are constricted into a small group or into one person, this is not optimistic.
A renaissance is coming because a counter culture of genuine optimism is rising. This counter culture is choosing more voice, more inclusion, and more consent from the bottom up. This counter culture is starting to see democracy stripped from central planning and they want to give it back to smaller groups. Democracy works best in small groups where more discussion can take place. Genuine Optimism is about people organizing as one and in small bodies and not under one person over all.
Imagine a handful of carrot seeds put into one hole. If left to grow, the battle for controlling power eventually suffocates most of the seedlings. But when we thin them out and give each one ample room, we have more productivity. This new counter culture sees the ethics of freedom and it is starting to practice it by giving more voice and more involvement to more people.
Yes, a renaissance is coming, and it’s based entirely on how we organize more ethically to create more voice and more freedom. This is the true foundation for a great nation. The old model of central control is dying a violent and turbulent death, and believe it or not, it will not go gently into the night. Are you ready for a major paradigm shift? A war is raging, a soft civil war, and you are either on the side of genuine optimism or you are a political optimist on the side of central control of everything. Read The Political Optimist to know the difference.
Keith R Kelsch, The Genuine Optimist