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Is the glass half empty or half full?

  1. clivewilliams profile image84
    clivewilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Is the glass half empty or half full?

  2. connorj profile image77
    connorjposted 3 years ago


    Am I half way up the mountain or half way down? If indeed I am, do I stop and go back down or continue up? I would say me "cupth runith" over. I continue up and me cup is half full...
    "You're halfway up and you're halfway down
    And the pack on your back is turning you around.
    Throw it away, you won't need it up there, and remember
    You don't look back whatever you do.
    Better start doing it right!"

    1. Rod Marsden profile image73
      Rod Marsdenposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not bad, not bad at all.

    2. clivewilliams profile image84
      clivewilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That all depends on your direction sir!

  3. kj force profile image72
    kj forceposted 3 years ago

    Both..neither is negative or positive..the answer to this question lies in the meaning of the words " empty and full ", to be determined by how you perceive it.. If you enjoyed what was in the glass, perhaps it could be taken as " half empty "..meaning you wish for more..If you enjoyed what was in the glass " half full " could mean you relished and embraced the taste..thus both can be a positive experience...it's a personal choice....
    just my thoughts...interesting question.

  4. Rod Marsden profile image73
    Rod Marsdenposted 3 years ago


    When I am working to earn my daily bread the glass has to be half full. No one can stand working with a misery-guts for too long. Also a positive attitude can be infectious. It isn't always easy to see the upside of things and you really should fight for what needs fighting for.

    With the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in France I am really angry and upset that it happened. I can, however, be the glass half full about it because writers and artists in Australia and the USA have risen up in defense of the rights of people in their profession against Muslim terrorist/barbarians who in this instance have no rights one need respect. You don't like what someone has drawn or written, you take legal action. You do not shoot them down in the street. You shoot them down in the street you lose me for sure. You may have been in the right beforehand but what you have done has put you squarely and contemptibly in the wrong.

    The glass half full is also about the magazine Charlie Hebdo. It went from a minor publication to world fame. The demand for it shot up. Instead of closing it down the killers actually made it more popular. So in your face you Muslim terrorist/barbarian bastards!

    I remember being angry over The Satanic Verses. Fancy laying a death sentence on a novelist. Hey! That novelist was a minor player up until that happened. I bought The Satanic Verses for a friend for her birthday. She wanted to be in the fight against this outrage too. Again there were legal means to pursue for those who wanted the book banned but there had to be that death sentence It stirred people up and turned the book instantly into a best seller. 

    When teenage girls as young as eleven were being picked on by Muslim youth on an Australian beach in an Australian summer the locals rose up in anger at this outrage. This has been conveniently forgotten by TV station SBS. People nowadays get the impression that the Cronulla riot just happened. There were months of abuse that led up to it. Me? I continually fill in the beginning of the story and will continue to do so as long as SBS flogs their half-truths and lies.

    To get by in this world I believe you really are better off with the glass half full. That way if you are a fighter for truth and justice, or wish to be, you can find allies. Better to have ideas and a way forward than look for a shoulder to cry on.

  5. clivewilliams profile image84
    clivewilliamsposted 3 years ago

    The Glass can never be half empty nor half full. What does full and what does empty mean?
    FULL-containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.
    EMPTY-containing nothing

    Any form of adjective describing capacity of both words should never be as it is quite a contradiction to the meaning of both words.
    The correct terminology is the glass is half
    eg. The glass is half with water
    bad terminology
    eg. the glass is half filled with water

    1. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Full means it is at full capacity. If you were to add additional content  to there would be overflow. Whenever someone says it's half full they're saying the contents in the glass is only taking up 50% of it's space/capacity!

    2. clivewilliams profile image84
      clivewilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You cannot define a word by using the own word to define it sir. Full doesn't mean full to capacity. Full means no vacuum, optimal, no space left. When someone say something is half full they error in grammar. As nothing can be half full or half empt

    3. Ericdierker profile image52
      Ericdierkerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Nature abhors a vacuum, and will fill it.

  6. gmwilliams profile image86
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    It all depends upon one's mindset & perspective regarding situations & circumstances.  There are people who can effectively turn negative situations &/or circumstances into positive ones.  These are the people who are resilient, refusing to let any type of negativity daunt them from succeeding in life & being who they were meant to  be.   There are people who have endured some of the most horrendous conditions, being it abuse, poverty, or imprisonment in a concentration camp.  They see these events as life lessons to help them appreciate & value the beauty of life.  There are others who have endured terrible scandals & a fall from grace & yet they see life as beautiful.  These resilient & strong souls know how to make lemonade out of lemons.  In essence, they view the glass as half full in that out of negative situations, there IS a positive.

    Then there are THOSE who refuse to see positivity in anything although they had mostly good lives.  If they fail, they view such failure as a catastrophic event or a mortal transgression from which they feel that they cannot rebound from.  These are the people who are daunted by adversity, even small.  They are of the school that life should be as smooth & perfect as possible. There are some among them who find failure, adversity, or any type of hardship to be totally immobilizing or paralyzing to them emotionally, psychologically, or even psychically.  These people feel that any form of hardship or adversity is a preordained curse instead of viewing such hardships &/or adversities as an opportunity & a life lesson.  They see themselves as cursed & strongly believe that if they were not cursed, they would not have any hardships &/or adversities at all. In their eyes, every failing no matter how small is considered to be a harbinger of doom.  In their eyes, if there is a proverbial leak, they see this leak as a tsunami.

  7. Ericdierker profile image52
    Ericdierkerposted 3 years ago

    I breathe air. I need it to live and often give thanks for each breath I take. So this question always delights me. The glass is neither half full nor half empty it is filled with two essential needs of mine. Something to drink and something to breathe. The coffee in my cup is right now half filled with coffee and half with air. I just took a big whiff of the air in the cup and it smells wonderful to me. And the best part is that that cup is never empty.

    1. clivewilliams profile image84
      clivewilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Quite an Heavenly Comment There chap

  8. quildon profile image78
    quildonposted 3 years ago

    As you said in the beginning, are you half way up the mountain, or half way down? Depends on where you are coming from. To a young college graduate making his way up the ladder, he may be half way up. To the executive who has been demoted, fallen from grace,whatever, he may be half way down. Put another way, the panhandler at the traffic light at midday may have some dollars in his cup, more than when he started out in the morning. His cup is half full. It's all a matter of perspective. To those of us who are on an even keel, I think it will help if we see our glass as half full instead of half empty because then we are in a positive frame of mind. We are expecting increase rather than decrease.

    1. clivewilliams profile image84
      clivewilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      good perspective

  9. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    It depends on what day you ask me!
    More often than not I'd say it's half full.

  10. Angel Van Atta profile image81
    Angel Van Attaposted 3 years ago

    I really do believe that it depends on what day it is. Sometimes my glass is half full and the world just can't get me down. Other days I feel like it's half empty and nothing seems to be going right. The best thing to do is always focus on the positives. Your outlook really is what you make of it.

  11. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    I am not sure. It is like saying, "I'm half hungry" or "I'm half starved".

  12. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
    bradmasterOCcalposted 3 years ago

    It really depends on whose glass it is. Perspective.