We need hope in our lives. It's what keeps people going when the going gets tough. And since the world is currently literally on fire (and seems like it has been for an entire year – if it's not one part of the world, it's another), some people might need a fresh injection of hope to keep them going.

A recent Pew Research poll found that 56% of Americans are somewhat or very optimistic about the what the country will be like in 2050. And the other 44% now might have something that will lift their spirits.

Scott Hechinger, a public defender in Brooklyn, asked Twitter to share stories that give people hope. "A positive question for this Saturday night," he wrote on Twitter. What, if anything, gives you hope?"

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"Star Trek" turns 50 today, which means it's time to grade the progress we've made against the franchise's vision of the future.

Ask anyone — from a casual fan to the guy who spent $500,000 turning his basement into the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01 —  to describe "Trek," and you'll likely hear the word "optimistic." Unlike the widely admired TV dramas of today, which love their morally compromised heroes, no-win situations, and characters suffering for doing the right thing, "Star Trek" is full of good people trying their best, often while being chased by giant cats.

GIF from "Star Trek"/Paramount.

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When you ask kids vs. parents about the future, the difference is important.

If you believe the world is only getting worse, this one's for you.

What does your future look like?

In the wake of recent tragedy, it's easy to feel hopeless. Sometimes, it seems as though the world is meant only for bad things to happen.

That's what it seemed when a couple of filmmakers asked a bunch of grown-ups what the future looked like to them.

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