Is Half the Glass Really Empty??
Recently, when I was introducing a website with which I have done a bit of work to a senior and quite popular person (in some field of literature), after checking it for five minutes, the very first sentence they have told about it is “Oh! It is showing a ‘square block’ over here… Umm..! You should correct these matters yaar!”. When a website is opened in browser, some fonts (especially non-English) may not be displayed properly, if the user is having some outdated version of system/browser(simple way of calling it as ‘Compatibility Issues’). It will not be seen as ‘square blocks’ for a person who is having updated version of systems.
The question here arises is – why a person cannot notice some good or positive points in something? Or even if he/she first notices some minus point first, why can’t they search for some good thing to speak first and then make it as a way to convey the other issues they have noticed? Or why the positive things in something are getting ignored? The same website, when checked with some others, they have noticed some good and user-friendly arrangements made in it, so that computer illiterates can also use it fine, without any kind of confusions.
Is the glass half empty or half full? – is a philosophical/psychological question and should be a thought, to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism(half full) or pessimism(half empty), or as a general ‘litmus test’ to simply determine an individual’s worldview. No wonder if somebody thinks – ‘who has drunk half glass of the water?’!!! At many areas, the purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view. Of course, there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble. Here the speaker’s knowledge about the environment and their admitting mentality about their knowledge level also matters.
Negative thoughts drain one of energy and keep one from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. Self-analysis and finding out one’s own negative acts and thoughts will surely help a person improving their personality. Find some positive thing in everything, smile, think of making others smile, and hence you will find the beauty of positivism and happiness. Of course, it matters in improving the mental and physical health too.
A question which always bothers me is, can there ever exist an empty glass at all? Scientifically speaking, earth is surrounded with air, we have air around, and a glass cannot be left as empty. It is fully filled with air, even though no water is there inside. Same way, philosophical speaking, says that the there is no-thing such as “nothing”. God is present everywhere and God is always with us since he is an Infinite Spirit.
Let us always be optimistic and believe that the glass is filled. Life becomes so simple!!! 🙂
-Shruthi Sharma, University of Mysore.