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62 "Judged by a Glass of Water"

Updated on September 17, 2016

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Judged by a Glass of Water

If you walk into a room and there is a glass sitting there with water at the halfway point and somebody asks you that age old question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” what will you give for an answer? Now, remember, you are going to be judged on your answer. You will be considered a pessimist or an optimist. So, think about your answer.

This has always bothered me because I can’t see how anyone can be judged by water in a glass. I am just curious about how I would be judged with my reply. Maybe some of you psychology majors out there can give me an answer to that.

The first thing I would do when I look at the glass is say, “In order to answer that question I would have to ask a question. Was the glass full or was the glass empty in the first place?” It had to be at one of those two points to begin with. Then I could answer the question.

So, how would I be judged?

I also consider myself a romantic-realist. Where does that put me? Because in real life, those are contradictory to each other. Anyway, that's what I've been told.

Greg


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      skperdon 2 years ago from Canada

      Amazing how we automatically do that every time the question is asked.

      Thanks for stating the obvious gregas.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Canada

      Great thoughts! And yes, I can definitely identify with that swoop of nerves you receieve after being asked the question: Is the glass half full or half empty? So, next time, calmly reply: What glass? That'll throw 'em for a loop!

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      New Understanding 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Greg. Thanks for becoming a follower of mine. I see we think a lot alike. I loved this piece and quite frankly never thought about the judgement that is made when we say it.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Ah! I tend to think all the way back to the beginning of things. Thanks for helping me see that. So, just before the glass was the way it is now, was it empty, then half filled, or full, then half emptied? And, if emptied, did it quench someone's thirst?

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Sid, Thank you. One thing you have to remember is that, even though all glasses are empty to begin with, they had to be filled at one point in order for them to be "half empty". There are a lot of different view points on this question, that is for certain. Greg

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I'd say that you are a philosopher, and a fun person. And a secret optimist - since all glasses were originally empty, and you're pointing out that things are improving!

      Me, I'd drink the water. Or, if I wasn't thirsty, I'd offer it to someone who was. Technically, that makes me a Zennie.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Rowley, Thank you. I guess there are really several ways at looking at a glass with water in it. Greg

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      rowley14t 5 years ago

      This question has always interested me philosophically as well Greg. After a lengthy contemplation I have decided that the container is simply twice the size needed for the amount of liquid provided. But, that way we always have room for more.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Dana, Thank you. An indecisive answer, but it does cover all bases. Greg

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Nicely put. Short but so full of information. Reminds me of a time I was visiting my mother in the hospital. A doctor friend was visiting at the same time. He looked at the two pictures on the wall and asked us which we liked better. And I knew right away he was going to analyze our answers. Not being in the mood to play his little game, I just picked one at random.... I have just decided how I will answer that water question. IT'S BOTH... Thanks for a thought provoking read.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Anish, Thank you. I do appreciate that. Greg

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      Gregas your hubs of great influence has begot my inner soul. Nice JOb. Anish

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi again Penofone, I still don't have any idea what you are talking about. This hub has nothing to do with being spiritual. Greg

      Hi Judah's Daughter, Thank you. Sorry if the title misled you, but I am glad you liked the hub. Greg

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      It is in solitufe that realizes the fortunes o g grave misgivings.

      In it is god and without it is in me.... Hebrew Language !%

      Anish

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      Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

      I thought your answer was brilliant! You know, my 'mind' was elsewhere by the title of your hub...I immediately went to the Judgment seat of Christ, when those who gave a cup of water in His Name were the 'righteous' and those who did not were judged (sent away from Him). Yes, one day we will be judged by that 'glass of water'. I loved your hub!!

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      You are a very spiritual person please do not read my poems, it could interrupt.

      Anish

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Penofone, What did I interupt? Greg

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      Anish Patel 5 years ago

      you interrrupted,

      thanks,

      Anish Sridar Patel

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Little, Thank you and for the votes. Just always think positive. Don't worry about the glass of water. Greg

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      littlethespians 5 years ago from Farmville, Virginia

      Hi Gregg! I am always rhankful for what I have, so I imagine, I would say Half full. Good Hub! Voted up and interesting!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Acaetnna, Thank you. Greg

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Very few words but oh completely so much food for thought!

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      Gareth Pritchard 5 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Greg

      I used these definitions but which one did I slap on your head?

      1. ostentatious in one's learning.

      2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms,

      especially in teaching.

      Number 2.

      Any conciliation to you I would money on me being just as bad so perhaps I am placing my own labels onto you? Ha, ha.

      Thanks, Gareth.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Silent Reed, Thank you. I always thought it was a stupid question too, but it made for a good hub and a good assortment of comments. Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Gareth, Thank you. Which one am I?

      a: one who makes a show of knowledge

      b: one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge

      c: a formalist or precisionist in teaching

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      A zen master would probably say "What a useless question" as he/she gulps down the glass of water :)

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      Gareth Pritchard 5 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Greg,

      You ask "I am just curious about how I would be judged with my reply."

      "So, how would I be judged?"

      I would answer that you are pedantic, and I have no room to judge anyone really.

      Thanks, Gareth.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Sheila, Thank you. My step-father asked me this when I was a kid, and I asked him at that time, "was it full or empty to start with?" These days my glass is always empty. Greg

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Brilliant. My glass is usually half full - but occasionally it's half empty. Great topic. Beautifully stated piece. I like your style

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Shaina, Thank you and thank you for the follow. It does make a difference whether it was "coming or going", doesn't it? Greg

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      Shaina Rodriguez 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've always wondered and said the same thing, my grandpa used to always ask me this question (for fun). He always laughs at me when I ask "well what was just going on with the water, is it coming or going!?" :)

      I like your hub, good job with it!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      I know. Life is a lot tougher than we thought if we actuaiiy think about it. ;-) Greg

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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      oh, ow my head. And I thought we had it all figured out.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Mark, Thank you. Just remember, the next time you look at a half glass of water, ask yourself, was it full or empty or full to start with? It had to be at one of those two points first. Though it is natural to think it was empty and filled to the half way point, someone may have filled it first and then drank or poured out the top half. Greg

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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Wow. I consider myself somewhat of a realist which lends to some pessimistic perceptions, but I always see the glass as half full. Now I know why, I see the glass as empty beforehand!

      Also, I love to tell anyone who cares to listen, I am a "conservative hippy." Maybe that just means that those of us who seem to have opposing belief systems, either appear so because we are in harmony with ourselves, or because we are more honest with our own contentious natures.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Neele and Rachira, Thank you both for the votes. With all of the comments and replies I have received on this hub, my answer to this question is to ask the question, was the glass full or empty to begin with. Then I will answer the question. Greg

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Gregas,

      I like how we perceive people on when they answer the above...For me..it depends on what mood I am in...dejected from life then the glass is half empty and if encouraged by some positive incident..then the glass is half full ;)

      Good and useful hub and voting up!

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      to me as a hands on man what will matter is whether it needs to be filled and if so what do I need to do to fill it.

      For me, you see a half empty glass that needs to be filled- you just go fill it and If it needs emptying to make it fully empty -you go empty it, simple.

      good hub sharing it and voting it up.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Don, Thank you. This is the way I have always looked at this question, ever since I was a little boy and my step-dad asked me. I am happy that I had the hubs that gave me the oppertunity to share and get other' views. Greg

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      Don Crowson 5 years ago

      Good hub. Bith thought provokeing and entertaining.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      This question has always irritated me and made me ask a question of my own. How do they judge the people who change their answers in anticipation that they will be judged? Good hub.

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      reikieffect 5 years ago

      Good perspective! I believe as humans we cannot be defined as optimist or pessimists, since we tend to change continually. Good hub!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Again Santa, Thank you for the revisit. The quote was close enough. Even though looking at a glass of water the first thing most people might think of is how thirsty they are, I really don't think the phsycologists had thirst in mind when they first asked that question. But I love the answers anyway. Greg

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      SantaCruz 5 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      I think I got that quote wrong. It's more like being born on third base & thinking you hit a home run.

      Faceless raises a good point - how thirsty are we? And are we thirsty for more than we need to be happy? A Cherokee woman on the radio was just talking about her traditional beliefs about the universe providing everything we need... that if we only have a bit of water to sip, we should imagine it flooding our cells, and it will indeed feel more quenching. I just tried that & it's true :).

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Faceless, Thank you for the follow, visit, comment and vote. I guess your thirst could have something to do with the answer, but I really don't think that was in mind when someone made the question. Just like I don't think no one had in mind my answer as another uestion. Greg

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      Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up and interesting; a very neat twist on this classic question. I happen to know that humans naturally like to classify and label others, and I suppose this simple question is a way for them to do that.

      My answer to this question has always been: it depends on how thirsty I am!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi HT, Thank you for the visit, comment and vote. Greg

      Hi Polly, I agree that there really is no right answer and who ever decided what it meant which way you select. That's whay I came up with answering a question with a question. Thank you for the re-visit. Greg

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I fully understood the psychological meaning and I think my answer reflects who I am. Sorry if it doesn't fit; but ask anyone, that is me. I thought it was a very profound answer, especially since there is no right or wrong one.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      We have heard so much about this half full-half empty judgmental approach. I like your perspective. Voted up and interesting.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Cloud, Thank you for the re-visit and another comment. Greg

      Hi Santa, Thank you for the visit and comment. My version of that quote is that some people are born richand go through life thinking they hit a home run. Watch for my next hub about rich people. Greg

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      SantaCruz 5 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Nice approach :). It reminds me of the Barry Switzer quote: "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple."

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This was surely a paradox of a hub, and I loved it for that reason of being uniquely different from most, awesome job once again @ Gregas.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Beth, Thank you for the visit and comment. Personaly, I just can't answer that question without asking mine. Greg

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Nicely approached! I've always disliked that particular adage myself, so glad to see someone take it on.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Cloud, Thank you for the visit and the comment. I don't like being judged either and I do my best not to judge others, even though I do catch myself doing it once in a while. Greg

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I prefer my glass to be full, that's my answer, I hate silly questions, and so when I'm asked it I provide a silly answer. Its just that simple for me, because I care not for labeling and or judgements from others.

      I truly feel that no one is a perfect human being, and I mean no one & so hence my firm position. "Optimistic or Pessimistic"

      Hope that psychology helps a bit, because one must decide what is and what just is not. "Judgement is not"

      Voted up and away!

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      wanttoknowhow 5 years ago from Texas

      Short & Informative. very smart very smart :)

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hello, gregas, sure it makes a difference, presuming that a full glass of water is my objective. If I say that the glass is half full, I am acknowledging that my goal is still a work in progress. Saying that it is half empty focuses how short I fell from the goal or ideal.. Until next time, Cred2

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      When your thirsty it doesn't much matter, half a glass of water is better than no water at all!! So what does that make me? A non conformist, or maybe just loopey? I am familair with this question but I doubt that it proves anything. An interesting hub, thank you, my votes to you.

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I have some bad news for you, Gregas. Inside, you are not a pessimist or an optimist-- you're an engineer. My condolences. I'm pretty much a pessimist; I'm usually right and, when I'm wrong, it's all good.

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      very nice concept for your hub.actaually it depends on one's attitude how he/she will intrepret this half filled and half empty situation

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi PHD, Thank you for the visit and comment. I am glad that there are a few that really understood this hub. Very good summary of it and if our politicians would just look at different views of things instead of getting their heads stuck in one place, usually up their bitts, they could get this country back on track. Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Geetika, Thank you for the visit and comment. That's one way of handling a problem question. Unfortunatly, that seems to be the way our poluticians handle too many problems. Greg

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Hyb Gregas. Now if I may....Growing up my father encouraged me to respond - respectfully, of course, he was old school - to a question with another question. And to keep doing so until I had all the information necessary to make an informed jugement or decision.

      I appreciate that you demonstrated that principle for us.

      Far too often, in arguments, debates, political discussions someone will present two options and pressure their listeners to choose, as if there really were ONLY two options for every question in the real world.

      We would all do well to resist the pressures and temptations to think and judge simplistically: black or white, good or bad, liberal or conservative. Most issues should be, and can be reasonably approached from a multiplicity of angles, beliefs, and values.

      Lets all commit to shocking and disappointing some of our leaders by choosing to think critically, thoughtfully, conscious of all the facets of a problem and all the ramifications of any solution.

      Let's refuse to dignify the "politically framed" half empty-half full questions. Thank you.

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      geetika iyer 5 years ago from India

      Well on a lighter note,i would say-"Doesn't matter if the glass is halh empty or half full, just add 30 ml vodka to it and lets call it a day!"

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Good point. We have been so conditioned by the glass of water question to think one way or the other. Most of us never would have thought to ask the question.Enjoyable! vote up

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You propose an interesting question. I always go with the glass is half full. It's a sign of looking at hope and possibilities. Great hub content.

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      RGNestle 5 years ago from Seattle

      I'd say I don't care one way or the other. I want a glass that isn't already being used!

      Cool Hub!

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      I really liked you message which you are trying to give and its really nice hub!! Its all about how you feel by watching it and judging it with your own perspective.

      We need a good perspective to judge it as it has both qualities half full and half empty. Its matter how we thinks.

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      writer20 5 years ago

      seeing as everyones giving you a lot words I'm just saying half full.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Well I guess I'm neither an optimist nor a pessimist, because I see half a glass of water, not half full, not half empty, it would also depend on how thirsty I was at the time.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Good one, Greg! I've had to answer that question on way too many "how well will you fit in in OUR company?" pre-interview tests and it NEVER occurred to me to ask if the glass was full to begin with! If it had, I'm sure I'd have been instantly tagged as "not a team player" and my app tossed into File 13. Instead, I usually answered "half full". Personally, I always thought it was a stupid question, but if one needs the job, one plays the game. ;D

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Polly, Thank you for the visit and the comment. For those of you that keep refering to a real glass of water let me explain what I guess I did not explain in the hub itself. I forget that I am older than most of you. The psychologists used to use this question to determin whether a person is a pessimist or an optimist, depending on the answer you gave. It is really a hypothetical question. That is why I said in the hub that I would like a psycholigist to tell me what he/she thinks of my response with another question. Sorry if I mis-led anyone. Greg

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I don't think I would ever think in terms of half empty and for another thing I never fill a glass because I know I will half waste it.

      Polly

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Leader, Thank you for the visit and comment. Don't be in a big hurry to get rid of that glass, like Jamie said, "what if you're just thirsty". Greg

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      Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      I put in my unresolutions, its time to get rid of that damn glass. Why does it matter if it's half full or empty? I am who I am and I am not going to change because of some damn glass. I am a psychology major and I still believe that glass is useless!!!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I always say half-full, but I'm a big water drinker so at this point I'd be getting more to make it full!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Ji Jamie, Thank you for the visit and comment. Now that is an all together different perspective. Survival always comes first, especially if you are going to go to a casino. ;-) Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Vincent, Thank you for the visit, comment and votes. You said that the glass remains half empty. Logically speaking, the glass HAD to be full at one time to be half empty at any time. You keep your glass half FULL though. That makes a well balanced life. These days I'm just trying to keep water in mine. :-) Greg

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      What if you think, I better just drink this water, it is better to be hydrated then dehydrated? Jamie

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Greg, I truly believe that anyone who thinks for a minute that their glass is full are deceiving themselves. No matter how successful in life we are, through careers, riches or love.

      The glass remains half empty, for the only time it will ever be filled is when we have reached our final goal and to me that is passing over to the other side of living. As long as I live my glass will always be at half measure. peace my friend, very interesting write. Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Stone, Thank you for the visit, comment and vote. It would be common sense to say half full. But, what if the glass was being filled and you went past the half way mark and filled the glass. Then you would have to remove some water and then the glass would be half empty. Greg

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      StonePost 5 years ago

      Well, I would say the glass is always half full- not for optimists spirit- but out of logic. Ever see a glass made under water?? I wouldn't judge anyone based on water, even if it is dirty! Voted up and interesting.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Karen, Thank you for the visit and comment. That's the way I always look at it. Greg

      Hi Suzzycue, Thank you for the visit and the comment. How can you automatically say it is half full? If the glass was full to begin with, then it is half empty. Greg

      Hi Jishua, Thank you for the visit and comment. That is usually the answer. I would just like to know how I am rated by a psychologist for my view of this question. Greg

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      JoshuaThePost 5 years ago from Palace of the Brine

      I like this very much, well done. Always half full! That is a great question for al those physics experts to ponder ....

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting, I would have to say half full so what's the verdict?

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      Karen Creftor 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Short and sweet :) I like this...it does make a difference whether the glass was empty or full in the first place!!

      ~Kaz x