Avery Lindon - essay contest winner

Avery Lindon won first place in the Eden Prairie Optimist Club’s annual essay contest.

In a world where every problem is solved, would we still need optimism? Well, the short answer is yes, without it we would not have a very hopeful outlook upon the outcome of our choices, or what is happening, or will happen.

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary the definition is as follows: “Hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something.”

With all the world’s problems solved, there would no longer be starvation, political unrest, riots, war, and desperation for resources (droughts, oil drying up, etc.).

But what is the point of all of this if not for the future: your future, your kid’s future, but also it has elements of the present. The basis of optimism relies on hopefulness, why have all these things without the hope or ambition to use them in a good way.

There is no point to solving all the world’s problems if there is not much hope or ambition to continue teaching your kids how to act and how to keep all these problems solved and then your kids will teach their kids and so on.

Also, another trait of an optimist is that they are relatively happier people because they look at the good side of things. Why would we do the work necessary to solve all the world’s problems if not for happiness?

When one does not disappoint as easily and does not look at the darker side of a situation, it improves the state of productivity. With all the problems solved, people would start to get very lazy but we still would need that productivity to keep the things solved and solve new problems that come.

Even with all the problems solved you can settle down for a while but new problems always start forming and if we get complacent, we may be too lazy or just in denial of the problem and not be there to fix it before it starts to get out of hand. With new problems coming, we could get too ignorant or full of ourselves to get to that problem and make a solution.

At least a little optimism is necessary to live a happy life. As described before, optimism is a hopeful perspective on the future, and to truly be happy you have to stop worrying about what will come next for the time being. Without that aspect of optimism existing, the people could be having some fun but they would constantly be worrying about what would happen next in the back of their mind, not truly absorbing what was happening at that instant and what happiness they could derive from it.

The world might be able to function without optimism but their lives would not be as great as it seems with all the problems solved because they still would not see the good side of the situation they are in. An aspect of optimism is that you see the good in the choices you have made or the situation you are in. Without that aspect in your life you might think that, even with every problem solved you could still have a terrible tomorrow.

Optimists also help the overall morale of the situation they are in just as pessimists would negatively affect the morale. Just because all the world’s problems are solved does not mean that there will not be situations where we need to act. Acting upon those situations with a positive mind set (optimistic) generally helps the overall outcome of the decision by making the overview more open to ideas. On the contrary, having a negative mind set (pessimistic) will often lead to a worse overall decision by acting like nothing can help in this situation or being closed to new ideas. Having that optimistic attitude could make the difference for keeping all the world’s problems solved.

The mindset of optimism could keep us happy, which is what we are all striving for in our lives. It could keep the world from having new problems that get out of hand before we can control them. If we want to be happy, and stay happy, as well as keep all those problems in check, we will still need optimism.

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