From Nick Cave's The Red Hand Files
Unlike cynicism, hopefulness is hard-earned, makes demands upon us, and can often feel like the most indefensible and lonely place on Earth. Hopefulness is not a neutral position either. It is adversarial. It is the warrior emotion that can lay waste to cynicism.
He uses a drawing of Philip Guston, whose work I stumbled up for the fist time. I have been itching to dig deeper into his oeuvre since.