"'Now I'll give you something to believe. I'm just one hundred and one, five months and a day.'
"'I can't believe that!' said Alice.
"'Can't you?' the Queen said in a pitying tone. 'Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.'
"Alice laughed: 'There's no use trying,' she said; 'one can't believe impossible things.'
"'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'"
–Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Here are some impossible things to believe before breakfast:
The Iraq War will resolve itself somehow.
Americans will be more and more willing to look after the sick, the helpless, the hopeless, the mentally ill.
Civil and domestic violence will decrease and eventually subside altogether.
The public sphere will expand and the private sphere will shrink.
Money will cease to be the measure of all things, to be replaced by an ethic of kindness.
Rationality will break out everywhere.