I am neutral -neither too optimistic nor too negative. I'm not an atheist. I believe there is a master designer to the universe ... to what end, exactly, I do not know, and perhaps never can. All I do know is that we human beings have the capacity to create ... music, paintings, buildings ... we also have the capacity to destroy. If there is any noble, worthwhile purpose for us, I venture to state that it is to create, not to destroy. Anything that adds to creation in a positive way, even something not too profound, like a Boz Scaggs song (like 'We're all Alone' --my faourite) provides enough 'positive' influence because of its beauty, that I like the fact that I'm alive to hear it. Whether you're an atheist or one who has faith in this regard, is entirely irrelevant. Anyone can find purpose in life. It's up to the individual. And being someone who believes there is a Divine hand in creation, doesn't mean that I think this force is something that wants to take over us and control us and guide our destinies. We have freedom for a reason. It's to take part in creation and do our part to enhance creation by our contributions, or perhaps, it's just to relax and enjoy a song by Boz Scaggs.