You see a beggar on the street.
The news shows you more about the war/economy/health of our country.
Magic isn't real.
You hear an old friend of yours has died.
who calls himself a realist
is wrong. They're wrong because they subscribe
to a belief
that is misleading. Yes, this includes atheist realists
(but is not exclusive
They're wrong because, despite the beggar on the street, they fail to notice the hundreds of people walking, biking, driving by, who are all doing quite well for themselves.
They're wrong because the news shows exactly what makes people buy the news: News
. Not success stories or how the violence
has decreased steadily for the past several decades. A newspaper will sell if the title on the front reads: Spike in Violence, Video Games
to blame. Local newspapers that sell happy puppy stories are local for a reason.
Magic isn't real
. Of course it's not. The cold reading
in your horoscope
means nothing. This is true. The fact that something you noticed earlier in the day pops up in conversation is just coincidence
. But think of this: How many coincidences
in your day happen? In fact, of all of the things you notice, isn't it surprising that you don't see more coincidences
? Maybe a true coincidence
is having met that stranger on the bus twice, three times, enough to get a smile, name, then phone number?
subscribes to a belief that is false: The idea that passive information
is somehow meaningful. Passive information will only tell you what you notice in your day. All other things that you miss is what the real world is. There is a world out there of information your brain filters because it does not confirm your pessimistic
view. Yes, even when you look at the despondent
faces on the metro, you must realize that everybody is a realist
to a degree, and they only see the passive, depressing information that stands out in their mind: The sad things. But when you decide to become an optimist
, then you begin to notice the little things: a sprouting tree, an increasing quality of life, a happy person riding the bus home.
And yes, an old friend of yours who you haven't seen since college has just died. But you neglect to notice an old friend of yours since you've known since highschool rose from the grave.
Ok, you're correct for being a pessimist there.