Does it Really Matter Whether the Glass is Seen as Half-Empty or Half-Full?
Updated: Dec 21, 2019
We've been conditioned to only see things either in binary, in addition, we've also been conditioned to think and accept things one way. Unfortunately, most people don't take the time to either question everything they've learned or simply explore other alternatives even when they are clearly struggling with the old way. This article is primarily for those who are open to see things differently in order to find the true meaning of popular wisdom.
What we were told: "The Glass can be seen as half- mpty or half-full"
I think what they attempted to tell us is that people see things differently therefore, positive people will have the tendency to see the glass as half-full while negative individuals will have the tendency to see the glass as half-empty. In practical terms, there's always something good in whatever happens, you just have to look for it. No one can argue with this way or seeing things. It is noble and positive since it encourages people to be positive regardless of how life unfolds. I am sure by now some people are wondering, what else is there to learn or understand beside this binary w of looking at things? What's else could possibly be missing in this interpretation of life?
What we were not told: "The Glass is..."
We, human beings, have this unique tendency to consider ourselves the center of the universe, but the reality is that we are not. Whether you say, "The Glass is Half-Full" or "The Glass is Half-Empty", what we fail to pay close attention to, regarding both expressions is the consistent expression "The Glass is ..." Everything after that expression becomes absolutely subjective. The person who sees the glass as either full, half-full, or full can change at any given time to see the same glass as "to be emptied", half-empty, or empty. In any case, the glass itself doesn't change and will not change so long as it is left alone. We are the ones constantly changing, therefore our perspective or capacity to perceive changes accordingly.
The Real Lesson: "Everything is ..."
Those who have been able to reach a higher level of spiritual maturity fully understand that "Everything in life is ..." and whatever one adds after that expression is nothing but an expression of one's perception of their surrounding which is consistent with our internal state of maturity and nature. The truth is that a wise person who clearly understand this will no longer be able to judge or classify things in terms of "half-full", "half-empty", "good", "bad", and so on. Understating dismisses any desire to judge or classify. One is then capable of understanding that how we perceive our surrounding is only a reflection of the true nature of our inner self. If we see others as bad, it is truly because we are bad inside, if we see the world as horrible, it is because we are horrible inside, and this is why when we change, our perception of our surrounding changes as well. The same people that some would see as bad will soon be seen be perceived as good, the same surroundings that seem bad will now seem good, so truly "Everything in life is ..."
This Real Lesson is not New: "This wisdom has always been around"
What is stated here is not new. One can just refer to the scriptures: Matthew 7:2-5 “ For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
What's new: "Understanding the Laws of Creation"
The Law of Attraction: This Law states that similar attracts while opposites repulse. In addition, the stronger will always attract the weakest. What you see in your surrounding is what you attracted assuming you were the strongest, otherwise you were attracted by it.
The Law of Homogeneous Species. This Law works in collaboration with the previous in way that they could be perceived as one. The best way to illustrate how this law works in nature is how individuals cluster based on interests. Smokers like to assemble to smoke, gossipers like to get together to gossip, alcoholics enjoy one another's company, superficial individuals like to get together, noble individuals like to get together, and more... What one must understand as "Homogeneous Species" are the tendencies that can later become penchants to the point where they can take over someone's will power through the influence of the attraction by similar tendencies.
BOTTOM LINE: Everything always boils down to individual choice. Nothing prevent anyone from learning to understand life, the true purpose of life, the laws of creation and other things that can bring true value to their own life. It is said, even in our imperfect legal system that, "No One is Supposed to Ignore the Law" or "Ignorance of the Law does not Excuse Anyone". So is a word to the wise