Friday, April 22, 2016

WE ARE NOT DRINKING GLASSES

(kate spade new york® Two of a Kind - Yours & Mine DOF Set)

You have heard the old arguments about whether the glass is half full or half empty when the water level is mid-way of the drinking glass.  Trying to determine whether a person is an optimist or pessimist?  People have even said a half filled glass is really a full glass because the rest of the glass is filled with air.  By that reasoning a glass with no water would be a full glass, but I am afraid if you handed it to a thirsty person they would not think it was a full glass.


One twist to this ongoing saga about the glass is that it can be filled.   One person has become famous on Oprah by saying the glass has a pitcher near it and you can fill the glass.


Another person has brought up a question concerning what if the other half of the glass was a vacuum.  Of course this person has left the original metaphor and gone far off course.


Here are some examples of other takes on the original metaphor from business balls
The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow.
And the cynic... wonders who drank the other half.
The school teacher says it's not about whether the glass is half empty or half full, it's whether there is something in the glass at all.
The worrier frets that the remaining half will evaporate by next morning.
The fanatic thinks the glass is completely full, even though it isn't.
The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.
The computer specialist says that next year the glass capacity will double, be half the price, but cost you 50% more for me to give you the answer.
The first engineer says the glass is over-designed for the quantity of water.
The second engineer says (when the half is tainted) he's glad he put the other half in a redundant glass. (Based on a Dilbert cartoon by Scott Adams)
The computer programmer says the glass is full-empty.
The Buddhist says don't worry, remember the glass is already broken.


The only problem with this is we are not drinking glasses.  No matter how amusing we make it or how spiritual sounding we make it the truth is the metaphor is worthless as an explanation for anything other than maybe trying to explain one’s general worldview.  Frankly that is not terribly helpful when trying to live a life or be helpful to someone else.  You cannot simply fix me or fill my glass for me and make everything better.  This pop-bs needs to go along with most of the mental health jargon so that we can begin to see each other.  I mean see and hear each other.  If we did, then maybe we might just get past the race, gender, religious and economic wars and begin to build a community where we all could live without worrying about how much was in the damn glass and what it was.


© Ed Cooper, April 22, 2016, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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