Thursday, 14 October 2010

Is the glass half full or half empty?

. noun, a particular way of looking at or understanding something.
                                                                     (Oxford Wordpower dictionary)
. noun, becoming aware of something via the senses
                                                                     (Wordnet, Princeton University)

A situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's perception.
Every single person has an individual and unique way to perceive events and objects.
Perception is simply a personal interpretation of reality through senses.

Therefore a simple glass of water becomes a matter of perception...sometimes in a funny way:

The OPTIMIST says the glass is half full.
The PESSIMIST says the glass is half empty.
The PROJECT MANAGER says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
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 PHYSICIAN says that the glass is not empty at all - it is half-filled with water and half-filled with air - hence, fully filled on the whole!
The MUSICIAN says he/she is unimpressed with the promoter of the concert for not providing more alcohol.
The person who is no longer trapped in The Matrix says: "There is no glass..."

Did you know that the name of one of the most famous and influent rock bands in history, The Doors, concerns with perception?
That name is a reference to a William Blake quote: "When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are...infinite."

See you soon and...don't panic!