False Dichotomies

Posted on April 1, 2011


20: Would you consider yourself an optimist or a realist? Why?

I don’t believe in the dichotomized framework this question poses. To set up a framework in which to be “realistic” means you cannot have a confident or hopeful view is something I cannot accept, the two are not mutually exclusive.  Normally I don’t go into so much detail when an either/or is posed and I will just say “both” but this one warrants a closer look, because it is a culturally accepted way to see life and size people up (read: falsely delegitimize).  If you’re hopeful, you’re idealistic and naive.  If you’re bitter and defensive you’re a realist.  It’s ridiculous to think that the acceptable norm around looking at life and the future is pessimism.  How do you think all these “realists” being defensive against life itself affects the overall social attitude?  I absolutely consider myself an optimist and a realist.  Take the current state of affairs in our government & economy (and thus our general well being as people ruled under it).. it’s really shitty. And I mean utterly dysfunctional.  If we don’t seriously start waking up and taking matters into our hands (like it’s supposed to be) we are headed down a completely self destructive path.  However, I have hope that we can steer clear of this, I have faith in people’s capacity to rise to a challenge.  We are some of the most privileged people on this planet with networks and connections and physical and social capital, our problem is where our focus is.. and our perspective.  Like the idea that you have to be realistic or optimistic.  Being optimistic is all about perspective, not actual events.  The two cannot be mutually exclusive.


30 Day Personal Challenge

1: Name two of the most significant people in your life and explain why.

2: What is your stance on religion? Would you affiliate yourself with any?

3: What band / musician is most important to you?  Explain why.

4: If you could chose a time period to be born at , which one would it be and why?

5: At what age were you the happiest?

6: Name five things from your wishlist.

7: Do you read? If so, what are your three favorite books and why?

8: If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?

9: How old do you think you act? Explain.

10: If you could only live off of one food and one beverage for the rest of your days, what would they be?

11: What is your favorite quote? How does it relate to your life?

12: What item of clothing do you wear the most?

13: What can you not live without?

14: Name things that you do every day.

15: Who is someone you admire. Why?

16: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

17: What do you want to be when you get older? Why did you choose it?

18: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? What would you say to them or ask them?

19: What is your favorite film? Why is it so important to you?

20: Would you consider yourself an optimist or a realist? Why?

21: Do you want children? Why or why not?

22: What subject did / do you exceed in / at school?

23: Are you a fan of art? If so, who is your favorite artist? What artistic movement do you prefer?

24: How attractive do you consider yourself?

25: Would you rather date someone plain with an amazing personality or someone beautiful with a plain personality?

26: Choose two: mentally stable, intelligent, attractive. Explain why you chose those two.

27: Which do you prefer: films or television? Why?

28: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Why or why not?

29: Do you wish for anything at 11:11? If so, what do you wish for? Has anything ever come true?

30: What do you imagine your life like at age fifty?

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