This thought sprung to mind today:
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
It’s a quote from Havelock Ellis, a British physician, writer, and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and published stuff on sexual practices and inclinations, including transgender psychology. He is credited with introducing the notions of narcissism and autoeroticism.
And what brought him and his thoughts about optimism to mind?
The following, dear reader. The following report at Stuff: