Optimism Is A Survival Instinct
A lot of my thoughts get pushed to the back of my mind because I can’t clearly explain them. Then I’ll read someone’s thoughts and say to myself “that’s exactly what I was trying to say!”
In the Verge’s interview with Film Hulk:
Despite all the worries about changing formats, bad storytelling, studio fluff, and every other doomsday scenario thrown around, you always come across as one thing: excited to be talking about film. What keeps that passion alive?
“OPTIMISM IS ACTUALLY A SURVIVAL INSTINCT… AS SUCH, HULK IS ALWAYS HOPING THE NEXT FILM HULK SEES WILL BE THE BEST ONE THAT HULK WILL EVER SEE. AND THAT HOPE, EVEN IF NOT LIKELY, HAS LED TO A LOT OF WONDERFUL NIGHTS AT THE MOVIES.”
This is it. This is why I still write music each week. You gotta believe that things will keep getting better. You have to believe that your best work is the one you’re working on. You have to believe that your living situation will improve, or that people will take notice soon, or that a book your reading will be worth it, or that your car won’t break down at the worse time.
Let’s say in 600 years the world gets destroyed and all of our collective work is ruined forever. If that’s the case then what are we living for? Why do we get upset at little things? If we can’t live forever, and neither can our work, then what is the purpose of getting up in the morning?
The thing that drives us is optimism. You have to believe that even if right now sucks, that tomorrow might be better. It’s our belief that movies, paintings, love, friends, music, architecture, and so much more has a purpose that keeps us coming back for more. We keep living for the ultimate experience - so that’s why we create them, and that’s why we consume them. It’s our optimism that as good (or bad) something is, the next things will be amazing. And although it may take years to look back and realize that, in an odd way that’s almost always how it works out.