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October 20, 2009
The old half full half empty bit to measure how you see the world is getting more complicated.
The Cynics, a school of philosophers led by Antisthenes, who disrupted the academies of ancient Greece in the 4th century B.C., were the original half-empties.
The half fillers, today, are the world’s optimists and according to Gallup, the majority (64 percent). You know them. These are the folks that leave their umbrellas at home and bet on the Cubs every year to win it all.
Poet Sri Chinmoy declares the difference between optimism and pessimism:
"An optimist sees the sun behind the blackest clouds; a pessimist sees the brightest noon as midnight."
In fact, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, found that optimists live longer and are healthier than pessimists.
No doubt, optimism has a lot going for it.
Just when I was re-dusting my Norman Vincent Peale’s for further scrutiny a new book raises some interesting questions.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of “Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America.”
She isn't advocating a return to Calvinism, but thinks a healthy dose of realism couldn't hurt.
She links the relentlessly optimistic view about sub prime mortgages and endless increases in real estate value and subsequent collapse as the product of a positive-thinking culture.
And Ms. Ehrenreich does cite a study suggesting that a dismal worldview "can be healthier in the long run than optimism and happiness" because pessimists may take fewer risks and seem "less likely to fall into depression following a negative life event.”
Certainly the doomsayers have the better jokes on their side.
Oscar Wilde said a pessimist is: “One who has a choice of two evils and chooses both.”
He believed the basis for optimism was fear; optimists are simply unable to deal with the common tragedies of life.
Mark Twain on the subject:
“The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little”
Half full or half empty?
Engineers and pragmatists might tell you the glass is probably twice the size it needs to be.
They might have gotten it right.
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