Over dinner last night someone used the phrase "muddling along" to express optimism about the future. It seems a particularly British, or to be more precise English, phrase and attitude. It goes with the landscape. It goes with the weather. It goes with the "nation of shopkeepers" image.
I have often thought that one of the greatest strengths of The Church of England is it's non-dogmatic, village fete, muddling along attitude. We don't tend to take our "big thinkers" seriously. If they get ideas above their station we take the piss.
In contrast to the grand ideologies of the past, or oversold techno utopianism about the future, maybe, just maybe, muddling along is our best option?