I can't say that I have an optimistic view of the future, but this pessimism is rooted more in the actions and anger of others rather than any personal grievances. My life, for better or worse, has yet to be affected by government corruption at home or abroad, and the only place I've seen protesters has been on my computer screen.
Around the world, there seems to be a proliferation of discontent. The revolts in the Middle East that led to the coining of the phrase "Arab Spring" seem to be spreading. England had its own trouble with rioting a few months ago. An entire village of an estimated 20,000 people has risen up in protest, even going so far as to force armed police out. People in Russia are protesting against alleged election fraud. And, of course, the Occupy Wall Street protests are still going on in the States; the group has decided to start a campaign of shutting down ports on the west coast.
If the financial instability doesn't improve, I fear that this may only be the tip of the iceberg. After all, every country is three meals away from a revolution, and, domestically, I can't say I hold much faith in the ability of those in Washington to steer the nation away from this iceberg.
The worse thing about the iceberg of revolution is that I doubt the ability of the would-be revolutionaries to affect real change just as much as I doubt the ability of existing politicians. Hell, I'd say that some of the more religiously motivated protesters are worse. As corrupt as some politicians may be, at least they're level-headed enough to realize that separation of church and state is a good thing.