Optimism, Realism, or Pessimism?

Optimism, Realism, or Pessimism?

Here is a new article submitted last night by Panther94…

There’s so much arguing on this site about who is right and who is wrong Should we be pessimistic about our team, our Pitt Panthers, or should we be optimistic? What does it mean for us to be realists? I don’t really know for sure,  but I can share my thoughts.

I can tell you that I have been an optimist about Pitt football. What does this mean to me?

Despite every piece of evidence telling me that things are bad, I choose to hope for the best and deny the worst. Why? Maybe that says something about me. Maybe I don’t want to cheer for a loser. Maybe I want to make excuses and continue to love my team. And it makes me angry to hear the pessimists talking about how we’re going to suck next year and how Narduzzi is a bad recruiter.

So, I have to ask myself, why do I hate to hear that? I think it’s because I need to be engaged in my team, because for me it fills a hole in my life. Now the next question then? is this, why can’t I be engaged if I accept the pessimistic view? We’ll get back to that.

Realism is next on the list. Here are some definitions:

  1. The attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly.

“the summit was marked by a new mood of realism”

synonyms:    pragmatism, practicality, common sense, levelheadedness

“optimism tinged with realism

2the quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life.

“the earthy realism of Raimu’s characters”

synonyms:    authenticity, fidelity, verisimilitude, truthfulness, faithfulness

“a degree of realism”

Accepting a situation as it is”…hmm. We all have different opinions about what the situation actually is. Notice that neither of those definitions mentions anything about knowing what the future holds. All I can gather from this is that a realist doesn’t speculate, but sticks to the facts at hand and judges based on that, without an ounce of speculation. I haven’t seen anyone on this blog that this applies to 100%.

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