We  naturalists have optimism,because that comes from how people endeavor to go forward enough,even  though some want to remain in the past. We face reality, as the supernatural and the paranormal, its twin superstiition, what Paul Kurtz calls  » The Transcendental Temptation, »  base themselves on wishful thinking. We note that science delivers the goods whilst exorcism, faith healing and prayer at best make people feel good and at worst harm people.