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    You can get to the next floor by taking the stairs OR the escalator. The only thing worth questioning is where you're trying to go and what you're willing to do to get there. Everybody is on the path to where they are headed. I don't think I'm too optimistic or pessimistic, but most of the time other people think I'm more optimistic because I seek positive experiences. Things often deemed impossible by other people are exactly what's worth pursuing. Were the Wright brothers fundamentally optimistic? Probably. How else could they attempt to achieve the impossible? Were they pessimistic many times along the way? Most likely. I'm the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metamorphysics View Post
    I hate life too. I wish i was dead. In pessimism you only hurt yourself and those around you, its not life thats meaningless its you that makes it meaningless.
    You're putting words in my mouth and rather stereotypically too.

    I see things for what they are and I expect the worst of it but that doesn't mean that I don't strive for what I want in life. If anything it makes me work harder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaula View Post
    You're putting words in my mouth and rather stereotypically too.

    I see things for what they are and I expect the worst of it but that doesn't mean that I don't strive for what I want in life. If anything it makes me work harder.

    I know, I like to dramatically over exaggerate things from time to time, still rooted in a apparent shred of truth and in a weird way "justice"... now looking back on it, however, i would probably say i let my emotions get too much in the way, so sorry for that.

    Doesnt a diest also see things for what they are? You dont see things for what they are untill you reach enlightenment... so uh, what drug is that again?

    btw, what do you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucrativeSid View Post
    You can get to the next floor by taking the stairs OR the escalator. The only thing worth questioning is where you're trying to go and what you're willing to do to get there. Everybody is on the path to where they are headed. I don't think I'm too optimistic or pessimistic, but most of the time other people think I'm more optimistic because I seek positive experiences. Things often deemed impossible by other people are exactly what's worth pursuing. Were the Wright brothers fundamentally optimistic? Probably. How else could they attempt to achieve the impossible? Were they pessimistic many times along the way? Most likely. I'm the same way.
    well if the condition of your reality has parameters, a set "right" and "wrong", for optimism/pessimism than this statement "I don't think I'm too optimistic or pessimistic" isnt true(unless you think your personality is perfect on this subject)... and theres nothing wrong with being too optimistic(in a logical way), yet alot wrong with being too pessamistic.

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    Pessimism is useless, and quite pathetic. Realism is an illusion, there are only good/bad approximations of reality.

    That leaves (moderate) Optimism as the strongest and most logical viewpoint to adapt.
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    I am generally pessimistic and cynical. I love where I am in my life now, I'm pretty happy, have a good job, do well in school, and snagged myself a great girl.

    I just try to examine and forecast every possible situation. I think outcomes generally have more negative possibilities, however that doesn't mean I always expect them to happen. I tend to think I'm realistic more than I am overtly negative, but others may interpret my worldview to be jaded.



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    I place myself outside of this spectrum.

    I consider myslef to be realistic/relativistic person in general.

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    I am a die hard optimist. Part of that is being a ESTP, another part is ADHD, and I guess the rest comes from having creative and motivated parents.

    You can lay down and die or you can pull up your britches and do what needs to be done. And frankly, I'd rather get things done smiling and laughing than moping around with a little scowl on my face from being a sad little pessimist.

    Solutions to problems are formulated out of positive energy, not negative energy.

    I too am grounded by being realistic, but I consider that a blessing because it just forces me to identify the constraints of what I have to work with (time, help from others, quality of work desired) and formulate a winning strategy with those in mind, up front.

    Is the glass half empty or half full?

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    Common misconception: pessimists are unhappy.
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    I think I'd describe myself as a realist. Everything is what it is, and I can put whatever slant I choose that works best for me. I choose mostly to view things as good, positive, or happy, since that is usually the most beneficial for me. So I guess you could say I'm a realistic optimist. Or an optimistic realist.
    Sometimes I can be negative if I don't think things through, though. And sometimes negativity has its place when things need to change.

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