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Old 04-02-2007, 02:02 AM #1
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Realist or Idealist?

Just a question because I was curious and wanted some opinions from the masses... "Which is better... to be a realist or an idealist?"

I thought about this for a while in the shower this evening and realized I personally seem to be split down the middle on the issue. I like to "be real" about many things, but at the same time, I have an idealist attitude towards other things. Just wondering what everyone else's thoughts are on the subject. Let the brain vomit ensue!
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:54 AM #2
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Realist: noun
1. a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
2. an artist or a writer whose work is characterized by realism.
3. Philosophy. an adherent of realism.
–adjective
4. of or pertaining to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices: the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.

Idealist: noun
1. a person who cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.
2. a visionary or impractical person.
3. a person who represents things as they might or should be rather than as they are.
4. a writer or artist who treats subjects imaginatively.
5. a person who accepts the doctrines of idealism.

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I would have to say that I am more of a realist.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:59 AM #4
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Thanks for posting the definitions of the terms, Freeflow

Based on those, I tend to be sympathetic to #1 in both definitions. On the idealist side, however, I try to not go so far as to be impractical. I do occasionally believe there is a way in which certain things should be, and I may always have a small amount of hope that they someday will be that way, but know that realistically, those things may never be that way at all.

Anyone else? I don't know why I have such thoughts on the subject... interesting tho.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:05 PM #5
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I hold idealist values, but try to address them from a realists POV.
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I old idealist values, but try to address them from a realists POV.
There ya go... I guess that sums up what I'd say about myself as well.
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There ya go... I guess that sums up what I'd say about myself as well.
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It is definitely a balance everyone should find in their lives between their own ideals, but also the realism of the situations. To be completely an idealist, or completely a realist is something that isn't good for you, got to find the balance.

Although the term idealism I believe depends heavily on the individual. Idealism is simply how you want to perceive your world. Your idealism is what you believe the world to be in it's most perfect sense. That is what I believe idealism is. Idealism just isn't what the dictionary defines it as, that is a pretty shallow definition.
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im a realist.

i think most religions revolve around idealism though.
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boo idealism, optimism, and pessimism.

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Uh with the amount of stupid people in the world that give me Weltschmertz every day, it's pretty hard to be an Idealist. I'm going to go with 75% realist and 25% idealist. Sometimes the way it should be works out, but most of the time idiots ruin it.
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It is definitely a balance everyone should find in their lives between their own ideals, but also the realism of the situations. To be completely an idealist, or completely a realist is something that isn't good for you, got to find the balance.

Although the term idealism I believe depends heavily on the individual. Idealism is simply how you want to perceive your world. Your idealism is what you believe the world to be in it's most perfect sense. That is what I believe idealism is. Idealism just isn't what the dictionary defines it as, that is a pretty shallow definition.
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Just a question because I was curious and wanted some opinions from the masses... "Which is better... to be a realist or an idealist?"...
yes.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:28 PM #15
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Although the term idealism I believe depends heavily on the individual. Idealism is simply how you want to perceive your world. Your idealism is what you believe the world to be in it's most perfect sense. That is what I believe idealism is. Idealism just isn't what the dictionary defines it as, that is a pretty shallow definition.
I disagree here. I think the definition for idealism is quite adequate. I think the term you're referring to is relativism.
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False, what I am speaking of is not relativism, it is idealism.

I don't know what to tell you besides go research philosophical idealism. That is just a dictionary definition of idealism, the idea of idealism is a philosophy that has many different forms and ideas. For instance Plato, George Berkeley, and Kant all spoke about idealism, yet all had different views on it.
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