My pessimism of our species turns to optimism when I look at things like permaculture, open-source software, and kickstarter. There is a sector of people who are magical. They create wealth, happiness and goodness. I just clicked on Paul Wheaton’s rocket mass heater kickstarter and see that his original goal was to raise $18,000, but it generated $92,772. These are people who are paying hard-earned money for him to create educational DVDs, upfront, with no guarantees!