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Optimism versus pessimism

It’s strange how neither optimists nor pessimists think of themselves as optimists or pessimists respectively.

Optimists think they’re realists, that they see the world for what it really is: a happy place. Curiously, pessimists think they’re realists as well, although their view of the world is really negative.

Optimists think of pessimists that they’re idealists, unrealistic, infatuated with the idea of people being not good enough. And of course pessimists think of optimists that they’re idealists as well, unrealistic, bedazzled by their belief of people being indeed good enough…

Can both be right? Can the glass be both half-full and half-empty at the same time? After struggling with questions like these for many years I just want to drink what’s in the glass and be done with it.