Bill & Melinda Gates understand optimism

From their commencement speech at Stanford, which is all about innovation, empathy and optimism:

Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don’t lose hope and we don’t look away.

Optimism is a reason to do something. Pessimism is an excuse to do nothing.

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