Realism

Squeaky WheelLooking at things as they really are; actual or real; the literal truth

Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. Jack Welch

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William A Ward

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. Ayn Rand
When we speak of realism, we mean we think about things as they really are, realistically, without out slant, bias, favoritism, prejudice or preconception. We are not swayed by optimism or pessimism. “Being realistic” is far more easily said than done. Most of us are unable to consider or evaluate something without having a tendency to look or think about it in anything less than some sort of preconceived manner. Our thinking is slanted in particular ways by our personality, background or by various pre-dispositions.
A sense of realism implies an ability to filter out things that might sway or influence us and look at something in black and white, objectively and as unfettered as possible. If we lean toward the optimistic or the pessimistic side we will need to filter that particular influence as we start making important evaluations. If we have a tendency to not accept responsibility for our own actions or are prone to blame others we will need to filter that out as well. There is a need to look only at the basic facts of the matter. Can we overcome our basic likes and dislikes and evaluate situations without other influences overly affecting our evaluations or decision makings?
One important factor concerning realism is that no two people see anything exactly the same. Each one has a unique perspective. What makes us tick and think is not the same as what makes someone else tick. Everyone lives in their own personalized, individualized universes and must interact and coexist with others who live in their own unique universes. No two universes are the same. Universes do overlap. In one sense, realism is how the average person sees things. It may be closest to the most normal viewpoint. The assumption is that most have the ability to look at something, make an evaluation, and describe it realistically. What may be defined as realism is going to be corrupted by the slants or biases of those individuals making the decisions or evaluations.
Computers provide more unbiased assessments than humans. The truth is that even computers are influenced by the humans who programmed them. Mathematics and numbers are considered more unbiased than verbal descriptions. Realism is best captured and described by facts and truths without the influence of opinions and any embellishments. In many ways realism is an abstract concept. It is not so easy to determine true reality.

Challenge: A desire to look at things realistically is a good thing. It is easier said than done. Be aware that you are a product of years and years of programming to look at things with certain tendencies, slants and bias. It is very difficult for you or for anyone to look at something or make judgments or decisions that are purely realistic. Be able to look at both sides of issues. Be aware of your tendencies. Be an objective observer of yourself.

Wisdom: Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard

Spiritual: (NIV)
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 1:6

Realism is a great controversy in our world. Those that are spiritually inclined are not considered to be very realistic or well-grounded by the secularly oriented. Atheists do not believe in God at all. Agnostics seem try to avoid the issue all together. Realistically speaking there is a lot riding on the existence of God, the nature of God, who and what He is, and so forth. He is either who He says He is, or He is not. There is really no middle ground.

Prayer: Help me to see and to understand Truth. You are the source of all Truth. Help me to seek the Truth.

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