EppsNet Archive: Pessimism

Pizza and Pessimism

“There’s a slice of pizza missing,” my son announces. When I got home from work, there were two slices left over from last night. I ate one and left one for him. “I calibrated my appetite for two slices,” he says. “The pessimist,” I say, “sees that there’s one slice missing. The optimist sees that there’s one slice left.” Read more →

The Half-Full Glass

I put a half-full cup of soda from Extra Mile in the fridge and went out to run some errands. When I got back home, the soda was gone. “What happened to my soda?” I asked. “I cleaned out the refrigerator,” my wife said. The optimist sees the glass as half full. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty and throws it out, even if it belongs to someone else . . . Read more →

Albert Schweitzer was a Bore

An optimist sees a green light everywhere; a pessimist sees only the red light. The truly wise person is colorblind. — Albert Schweitzer   A true optimist is a man who can look in a toilet bowl and see only corn. — Ben Greenman Read more →