The reasoned despair of the intellectual is a disease born of one part cowardice, one part intellectual arrogance, and eight parts depression. Surely every deeply thinking person must realize that the world is far too full of surprises for us to form with any confidence a view of the future even a few years hence, least of all one bereft of hope. The remedy for despair is vigorous exercise, meditation, and reaching out to create loving connections with nature and other imperfect humans. The remedy for intellectual arrogance is to open one’s eyes and on’s mind. There is no remedy for cowardice.
— Josh Mitteldorf