John Kaag's Optimism

Victor Perton: John, may I ask what makes you optimistic?

Professor John Kaag: "I am not, and have never been, a naive optimist.  The world is brutally difficult and many days I feel that it is wholly indifferent to my purposes and life.  I do, however, harbor some sense that maybe, just maybe, the universe is suited to my growth and flourishing.  And this, I think, is enough to make me an optimist of a certain stripe.  Live while you still can.  Really -- live."  

Professor John Kaag is the author of "American Philosophy: A Love Story" and "Hiking with Nietzsche."   John is Chair of Philosophy at UMass Lowell.



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