With cheery eyes I look back at the past, embracing with love that which cannot be undone—in a great amor fati.
With lucid eyes I look back at the past, striving for accuracy in my memories, treating them as historical facts that ought to be true, not emotionally valanced.
With gloomy eyes I look back at the past, understanding that what I remember is bound to be distorted, bound to diverge from truth.
What Will Happen
With cheery eyes I look forth into the future, knowing that whatever I will do, it will turn out for the best because it cannot be otherwise—due to my amor fati.
With lucid eyes I look forth into the future, weighing risks and rewards, managing uncertainties, calculating expectations, and evaluating predictions.
With gloomy eyes I look forth into the future, imagining the worst that can happen, pondering whether to accept it in my heart or choose another path.
With my three pairs of eyes, I am an optimist, a realist, and a pessimist all in one person.
So, is the glass half full or half empty? It’s practically irrelevant. A glass half full is identical to a glass half empty in terms of affordance: both afford the exact same options of what to do with it. We may call this contextual pragmatism.