Updated from 1:36 p.m. EDT
A few things are providing reasons to believe we have a future. The IPO market is improving. Mergers are getting done. Companies are selling new stock and seeing their shares fight off the downward pressure. The government has put hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy to keep it from falling apart. Without question we have a long way to go. If we get to double-digit unemployment, we're going to be in trouble. This nation depends heavily on consumer spending, and when consumers aren't working, they aren't going to spend. Some banks have gone out of business, others have been absorbed. Chrysler has filed for bankruptcy, and worries remain abundant about the future of GM ( GM), though even it got some upbeat news today. We're still here. I have wondered many times in the past year if we would be in the same situation if banks weren't publicly traded. I really don't know if Citigroup ( C) and Bank of America ( BAC) are better enterprises because they have issued common stock. Regardless, what's done is done, and we have to move forward, not backward, fixing what can be fixed and trying to keep history from repeating itself. We're getting there. Not in a single day, but we're getting there. Or maybe we shouldn't even bother. All is bad, you know. Forget the light at the end of the tunnel. Wake me up if we get to the other side. If you think the party's almost over, then live it up while you can. How irresponsible to suggest that occasionally something good happens. Feel better now?