Answer this for yourself:
Is the universe benevolent, benign/indifferent or hostile?
Our outlook on this question is generally formed before or by the age of seven. Depending on life circumstance, environment and experience, our disposition forms accordingly—though certainly there are exceptions. Too, any outlook formed can be reformed as those conditions of life change as well as insight from various input forms (reading and observing, for example).
What it boils down to is hope: Without it, we’re alive, but not living. The choices are ours.