Thursday, October 20, 2016
Is It Just Pessimism vs. Optimism?
Everyone always thinks there are only two categories that everyone fits into; you are either an optimist or a pessimist, no wiggle-room, no cross-over. Is that true though? I don’t think so. First, I think there are way more than two categories, varying in intensity and outlook on life. Second, I definitely think there is cross-over, depending on mood and circumstances. Third, and finally, what does it even mean to be an optimist, pessimist, etc. Optimism is defined as a hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something, always seeing the bright side of a situation. It is a doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds. Pessimism, on the other hand, is a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future. It is a belief that this world is as bad as it could be or that evil will ultimately prevail over good. There are more outlooks than these two though. A fatalist is defined as someone who constantly spews out doom and gloom in just about every turn you take, no matter the situation. A realist is someone who tends to view or present things as they really are at this moment in time. Which one are you? Which one am I? What does it say about someone who chooses one or the other, or refuses to choose at all? In the end, maybe there is no point in dealing out or choosing a category or multiple categories. Just be who you are, the world will still continue no matter what you choose, unless you are a fatalist, I guess.