> [clip] I think
> what makes this poem attractive is that the author can be so child like and
> innocent in his request. It is as though he is not scarred with doubt and
> pessimism, but he can dare to dream.
A great fighter for human emancipation once gave the formula, "Pessimism
of the intellect, optimism of the will." Texts that merely indulge in a
generalized optimism undercut rather than ground real hope. I find the
text rather offensive myself. "Child like" or merely "childish"?