Do I have to choose? It’s never going to work as a question. I mean, that lack of industriousness is such that it will always work as a positive sign of negativity. There is no way such a hopeful outcome could possibly be derived from such a thoughtless lack of research into the dominion of the two. One could argue that the quality of one is the reason of the other to exist, and therefore neither indeed exist but are rather more involuntary modules of the psyche.
Aren’t I a hoot?
The thing is, we’re neither. As a species, we can never be one or the other. I mean, there are people who always look on the bright side of life (please wait until this post is over before you start singing), but they’re not optimists, are they? Their cat doesn’t die and they shout “well, we can always get another one”. It would be impossible to live life entirely as an optimist. Equally with pessimism. You’d never get out of bed. It’s the same status quo with the terms ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’. Nobody is one or the other. Everybody is an ambivert, although one may be predisposed to lean more to one ‘vert or the other.
It’s the same story with the two extremes we’re dealing with here. The middle ground here is realism. A realist is a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly. One might be more inclined toward optimism or pessimism, but in the end, we’re all realists.
Which way am I leant toward? Neither, I think.
I’d say I was firmly in the middle.
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