And it’s not to say there isn’t hope in the world. It’s not to say it’s like a TED talk either. The audience will only endure the call of a reality check if there is an optimistic delusion coming, preferably at the end, before it has room to be undercut by the speaker or the audience pre-applause. The applause is a, like, finishing effect. It closes the chapter. It washes away the rebuttal. It cleanses with hope, despite it all, despite everything before it. Is anyone listening?