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- Some see the glass half full.
- Some see the glass half empty.
The question is, which is the optimistic view? The funny thing is, accepted norms or no, either can be - consider the usual. The optimist considers the glass half full as opposed to half empty because it is in terms of the better alternative. Sensible enough, right? Half empty implies the opposite. To call it thus is to dwell on the emptiness, to focus on the negative, to be, in essence, the pessimist. Sensible enough.
I never did understand this view.
Call me a cynic, but I am no pessimist. I look on the brighter side of things perhaps by seeing the darker side, using the very nature of binary oppositions for my own flavour of optimism.
For the glass to be half empty, it is only half empty. Thus it is also half full, but to call it thus would be to realise that it is only half full, but still thinking in terms of full, one would forget to realise that it is also half empty and thus will soon be empty if squandered. And then it would merely be empty.
But half empty? It is already realised that it is low, that it may soon run out, that it might be precious for its rarity. And thus one appreciates what is there, and how is that pessimistic? To conserve and appreciate what one has, that has always been my beacon of joy in my life, my quiet understanding of how truly precious what I have is.
But then again, would it not also make a rather major difference what, precisely, the glass is half full/empty of? I mean, I really would prefer not to have a glass half empty or full of nuclear waste. I would much prefer to have a glass entirely empty of the stuff.
Then again, perhaps I just overthink things.