Soon before the asteroid struck, initiating the 5th great extinction, an imaginary survey was conducted among the dinosaurs. Unanimously, they predicted the indefinite survival of their species. Today, most human thought leaders are similarly optimistic. Optimism is common in humans, the one species definitely known to be aware of their limited individual lifespans; optimism is a trait perhaps favoured by evolution. Optimism is especially frequent in elites such as politicians and chief executives. Optimism breeds success; pessimists are rarely popular.
Why should Australians care about Human Survival?
1. To non-Australians, this is cryptic. Hanrahan was a fictional character, always pessimistic, ultimately proven wrong (probably!)