I was at a peace conference at the weekend. A full-time peace worker said “Of course, you have to be an optimist to believe peace is possible“. Puzzled, I disagreed, saying “In my experience, peace activists are pessimists and do what they do because they fear the worst will happen“. Some discussion followed.
I have since worked out the difference: he was talking about employees and I was talking about volunteers. He could not do his job if he was pessimistic and I would have no motivation if I was optimistic.
What you can do with that knowledge, I have no idea.
But what does it mean about me going from a peace-worker volunteer to becoming a peace sector employee?