optimist prime…

We’ve all been asked at some time or another whether or not we thought that the “glass” was half-empty or half-full. Traditionally, we have accepted the idea that the see the “glass” as half-empty is to be a pessimist, and to see the “glass” as half-full is to be an optimist.

However, I read a new take on that little idiom (that’s what we’d call it, right?) a little while ago that argued that it is actually the one that sees the “glass” as half-empty that is the optimist, because they were expecting it to be full and were, thus, disappointed. Conversely, it is the one that sees the “glass” as half-full that is the true pessimist, because they were expecting it to be empty and were pleasantly surprised.

Interesting. Kinda sounds like something a pessimist would say.

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