The Rational Optimist, is just the type of book America needs right now. Our economy is a disaster. Apparently the world is coming to an end, again. Celebrities are getting more mug shots than paparazzi shots. For those of you who are thinking that our country is pretty shitty right now, Matt Ridley has come to save the day. No he cannot make America un-shitty, but his new book will fill you with a bit of hope.
Attitude is everything. What Ridley is trying to say is yeah the world sucks right now, but it could be worse. Men could have to plow fields and ride in a horse and buggy to pick up supplies 100 miles away. Women could be forced to wear a corset, white gloves and save themselves for marriage, and we wouldn't want to go back to those times would we? No way man. Ridley touches on the current issues in our country - just like the media. The difference is, he doesn't make you want to slit your wrists afterwards. He brings in actual evidence to show us that the bad, may not be as bad as we think.
Since we have conquered the past trials and tribulations, Ridley believes we will conquer these hard times as well. Feeling optimistic is way better than feeling pessimistic, so stop being a downer and join us.