Forgive the philosophical digression but reading this entertaining and thought provoking forum on a near daily basis brings out the poet in some, so why not the philosopher in others? Jump in as it suits.
There's a strong streamlet of hopefulness running through the alleyways and byways here and it evokes a lot of debate on the future of FCX but rarely on the nature of hope itself.
Hope is often equated with optimism, and that may be a mistake. This brings to mind Lindsay Anderson's great film "O Lucky Man" and it's hero's journey from innocence to reality...and in particular Alan Price's wonderful Zen lyrics in the theme song:
Hope Springs eternal in a Young Man's breast,
And he dreams of a better world ahead,
Without that dream you are Nothing, Nothing, Nothing,
You Gotta find out for yourself that dream is Dead,
La la la la, Dead, La la la la, Dead....
Lest the charge be levelled that this is all too black and dismal, check out the movie, in particular the hero's confrontation with Lindsay Anderson himself at the end, and consider that perhaps the difference between hope and optimism is that optimism is a conscious choice...after all hope fades.