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Optimistic View of The Future

What would you describe as an optimistic view of the future for all mankind and the Earth in general? What does it inhabit? What holds for future generations and what should we do to make it so and how?

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    May 1 2013: It seems to me, Mat, that the most optimistic view would be to somehow eliminate crime, so that for example we would not have three million people in jail or prison here in the United States. But I tend to doubt we will ever eliminate crime, we the human race.

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