The most base question to be asked? What circumstances, situations, continuances give leave to be optimistic for future times, and could consistently make life more amenable?
My answer, whilst seeming a little obtuse is actually straightforward. My continued persuasion of the humanities good attributes and intentions, a species that without a shadow of a doubt has the physical and intellectual capacity to be the most heinous of all residents of this fair globe. We are a life form with such a capability for unfettered evil, that the slightest existence of a streak of goodness within our souls denotes the high probability of an unseen form of ethical being consistently overseeing and guiding our considerations and actions.
I happily concur that such a belief in unfeigned abiding hope is anomalous, factually unfounded, historically unwarranted, yet the adverse so repels my inner being as to make me shun logic in the vain search for a universal redemption. Those who rule are doubly ordained to be both responsible and attentive.