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>Is the glass half full or half empty?

>This question always bothered me. My answer was neither.

I realise this is a question about our tendency towards optimism or pessimism. I can be both, though tend more toward pessimism. But I also consider myself logical, so that in any given situation I try to identify the likely outcome. Though I admit that if I am called to see my boss I assume (or fear) it is for correction which it almost never is.

But back to the glass. I didn’t see the question as legitimate. And it isn’t. The answer is neither.

The glass is half full if it is in the process of being poured into, and half empty if it is in the process of being drunken from.

Categories: logic, quotes
  1. 2009 July 23 at 03:07

    I’m an cynical idealist. I see the glass as half empty, but I believe in the pitcher in the fridge.

  2. the Measure You Use
    2009 July 23 at 10:11

    the glass is always totally full, 1/2 water and 1/2 air

  3. 2009 July 24 at 14:12

    I’m an engineer. The glass is twice as big as it needs to be!

  4. Joe A.
    2009 July 27 at 19:23

    I always told myself basically the same thing in my mind about being somewhere inbetween, but I think I was just avoiding the idea the fact that I always see the glass half-empty, at least when we’re talking about it in the literal sense.

  5. wrf3
    2009 July 30 at 04:45

    Just say it’s at 50% capacity. Drives ’em nuts.

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