I don’t know if it’s me, but sometimes I divide people into two classes – analysts and realists.
Analysts have to analyse everything, particularly issues remote from daily life such as political questions.
Realists don’t bother. They get on with life, enjoy what they are able to enjoy and make the best of the rest.
Most people seem to be realists, while most bloggers and blog commenters seem to be analysts. My question is this. If you had a button which once pressed would turn you from an analyst into a realist, would you press that button?
I ask the question, because it sometimes seems to me that the realists get more out of life than the analysts. They brush aside or ignore those issues they can’t influence, the very same issues that analysts spend so much time analysing. At the very least, realists may be making better use of their time - although that's just me analysing realists.
So wouldn’t life be better for we analysts if we pressed that button? Would we at least save ourselves some mental effort and worry if we were not so concerned about the implications of every little social or political nuance? Do these things actually matter if we can’t do anything about them?
It’s the other side of the optimism coin I posted on earlier, but not entirely. This is about what is best for me – not the wider community. Or in your case, what is best for you, because you must be an analyst too or you wouldn’t have read thus far.
So would you press the button? Or maybe we should analyse the implications first? Maybe a list of pros and cons.....