Pessimistic Optimism or Optimistic Pessimism?
August 21, 2013
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Duality between pessimism and optimism can be summed in the “half full/half empty glass” thought experiment. Though realistically speaking it’s much more than meeting halfway. In my life, I see the world optimistically whether we like it or not there is always something good regardless of all the transgressions received and bestowed. However in my mind, I believe both are of the same; the yin and yang of thinking, the Wayne to the Shuster, the Simon to the Garfunkel. Each yields the potential for the other.
Optimists tend to see the positivity in many things regardless of the hardships while pessimists see the negative outweighing the positive influences. Whether which you are or how you consider yourself to be, consider that you are harbouring both. Even on a bad day, there is that bit of hope that drives us all. On good days, there is a bit of risk and danger that roots us to reality. One can say, “I had a bad day with a heavy work load.” Though one can also say, “At least, I can sleep better after a day at work.” Perspective is only from one angle; your angle and only you choose what you want in that slice of pie.
When I see the world, I see it from both sides. I see the world bitter and miserable, but still enduring regardless. Someone might give up their seat on the bus to only be tired of standing, but they will always reach their destination. That is why I kind of love my mind, it has kept me from seeing things way too positively or negatively. It has helped me try and see both side to understand by corner of the world a bit easier. I may not be the best at anything, but at least I know stuff and I want to understand more. That is my mentality on my life and the world.
Consider this something to do next time when you feel down, or feeling good. Look towards the opposing side and realize what you can accomplish or what you can be fortunate towards. The world will always put you in a box, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make a box fort.
Until next time, hopefully a longer blog that’s not so mind numbing.