Saturday, October 26th, 2002
The Difference Between Faith and Optimism
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There is a saying that the difference between a pessimist and an optimist is that the pessimist sees a glass of water as half empty and the optimist sees the glass as half full. The difference between faith and optimism is that when the glass is empty, the optimist is likely to become a pessimist; but the faithful remain optimistic.
Just as pessimism leads to complacency and indecision, optimism leads to hope and self-actualization. Faith brings to optimism the belief in an unwavering potential through meaning and purpose. In the face of hopelessness, as in the case of the empty glass or the inaccessible water, faith transcends the limits of logic and ego.