There is always a dark cloud; I know I am an optimist and look at the blue sky...cogito ergo sum.
Hopefully, even if it does not look like it, never has, "tous va pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes;" Voltaire.
'To plunder to slaughter, to steal these things they misname empire and where they make a wilderness they call it peace." Tacitus- Roman historian 55-120 AD
"I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat." - Pierre Trudeau
"I think that NATO is itself a war criminal." - Harold Pinter
"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses." - -- Albert Einstein - (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
"After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could." - Theodore Bike
"And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." -Thomas Jefferson-
I believe Gandhi is the only person who knew about real democracy - not democracy as the right to go and buy what you want, but democracy as the responsibility to be accountable to everyone around you. Democracy begins with freedom from hunger, freedom from unemployment, freedom from fear, and freedom from hatred. To me, those are the real freedoms on the basis of which good human societies are based.