Of Glasses Full and Empty

Here’s a recent piece I wrote for The Catholic Weekly in Oz:

“Are you a Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty type?” is a common enough question.

The Glass Half Full type is, depending on who you ask, either a warm-hearted optimist who sees the best in people or the Pollyanna fool who pretends that mortal enemies just need to hug it out.

The Glass Half Empty type is, depending on who you ask, either a level-headed realist who is wise as a serpent or a cynic who gives no credit to human decency and lives in darkness and fear.

Me: I’m not so much interested in whether the glass is half full or half empty, but whether the glass is in the process of being filled or emptied. Because I believe creation is constantly in motion, not a static thing and that we have to see the way in which people are changing, growing, evolving, and (sometimes) degrading to understand what is happening.

Read the rest here.


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