Off topic: Optimist, pessimist, realist
Thread poster: lingomania
lingomania
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Jun 3, 2007

Inspired by a quote from Reardon, I thought of posting something that I have believed in for ages. Since I was 13, I couldn't understand why people were always slotted into TWO categories: optimists or pessimists. That was always too tight and irrational for me and only convenient for someone else, so I thought about it for many years and through life experiences, etc. concluded that there IS a third category: the realists. My point is that anyone can be either an optimist or a pessimist at heart, but he/she might well be a realist after all. Ponder people ponder.

Robert.


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Reminds me... Jun 3, 2007

This reminds me of a Dutch joke:

A pessimist says "Wat een pest die mist"
[What a pest, this mist, but the last three words sound like 'pessimist']
An optimist says "Het trekt wel op die mist"
[It'll soon pass, that mist, the last three words sound like 'optimist']
We teach our children this as a quick reminder of which is which.


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lingomania
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I like it Jun 4, 2007

Hi there. Good joke. In English we say: "The glass is half FULL or it's half Empty". You be the judge.

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juvera  Identity Verified
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Another joke. Jun 7, 2007

There are 10 categories of people.
The first understands binary numbers, the second doesn't.


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Chiara Righele  Identity Verified
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Nice one!! Jun 7, 2007

juvera wrote:

There are 10 categories of people.
The first understands binary numbers, the second doesn't.


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lingomania
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Very cool... Jun 7, 2007

juvera wrote:

There are 10 categories of people.
The first understands binary numbers, the second doesn't.


....but machines are no match for human philosophy *WINK*
.)

[Edited at 2007-06-07 20:56]

[Edited at 2007-06-07 20:57]


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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More human philosophy: Jun 7, 2007

On optimism vs. pessimism

[They've got nothing -yet?- on realism, though.]


To quote just one that I find cute:
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. ~Robert Brault


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