It is the best of time, ...
... it is the worst of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness, it is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity, ...
...this is, in many ways, the best of times. Hundreds of millions are climbing out of poverty. The internet gives ordinary people access to information that even the most privileged scholar could not have dreamed of a few years ago. Medical advances are conquering diseases and extending lifespans. For most of human history, only a privileged few have reasonably been able to hope that the future would be better than the present. Today the masses everywhere can. That is surely reason to be optimistic.
The redistribution of hope
Optimism is on the move—with important consequences for both the hopeful and the hopeless
C., ... with apology to Charles Dickens for debasing his words - A Tale of Two Cities