Defining the Proverbial CUP

Is a glass half full or half empty?

Had some interesting discussions that shed more light on this riddle.

Comment 1: “A Cup Half Full IS a Cup Half Empty” aka “Both!”

Both views (“realities”) are true.  And rightly so!

Half Full or Half Empty?

Comment 2: “I See Our Daily Blessings.  Yet I Fear the World’s Problems are Immense”

Again, there are two sides to a coin.  From another angle, it also seems to highlight an additional complication: the existence of many measurements – societal and world “cups” as well individual cups.

Apparently, different cups exists for different people, for the same people at different times, and even for the same people at the same time.

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Defining the Proverbial CUP

How should we proceed then, regarding Gratitude and Positivity?  Should we celebrate one quarter full, over three quarters empty? Or should we mourn three quarters, over one quarter?  Which cup should we look at?  Mixed feelings?  Confused?  Detached?  Inert?

The Proposition.  To avoid stumbling into the quagmire of infinitely varied cups, it may be imperative instead to define a CUP of relative “permanence”, significance, and possibly even universality.  We may want to envision a CUP of our basic needs : food, water, shelter etc (rather than wants).  Most of us will then have a nearly, if not full proverbial CUP.  We are able to meet our needs, and still grow. 

Reasonable Positivity. There is then reasonable cause to be predominantly grateful and happy.  Similarly, we are less likely to be entrapped by the lure of infinite wants,  a collectively unattainable project.  


Technology Today Can Meet Everyone’s Needs and Make Things Better!

With today’s level of technology, everybody’s CUPs can be brimmed.  There can be less fear, less greed, fewer conflicts, fewer wars.  

The  Bonus.  With gratitude for what we have and our given abilities, we can improve ourselves / work to give back to the world and society, a bonus.

Collective Causes.  Excess resource will also flow naturally to important collective causes.  E.g. climate protection, helping out the poor, helping the refugees, high quality universal healthcare and education, etc.   The better world we seek…

This is the thought.

Thank you for reading and/or sharing your views!

 Image credits: D. Sharon Pruitt, Dave Dugdale, aKS-phOtOs, jill111

7 thoughts on “Defining the Proverbial CUP”

  1. If we all had the same size CUP filled with the basic necessities for our individual survival and fulfillment, that would indeed be good. But that day has not yet come. A small few have oversized CUPS that floweth over.

    Somewhere along our path to progress, we began to think of ourselves as separate entities from the rest of our species and of the natural world. Yet, who can survive alone without the bounty of Nature and the contributions of other humans?

    Our CUP, whatever its size or contents, represents the labor of millions. I think of all the people who have had a hand in bringing the cup that sits now on my desk. For them all, I am grateful and give thanks.

    Sorry to pontificate, but it’s an issue close to my heart.

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    1. Rosaliene, this is intended to be a shared site, and you are welcome to have your views here! Thank you always for sharing them candidly!

      My job is to record, collate and run/moderate rational discourse, so that all views are seen, not just the mass propagated, which may be skewed in deep private interest. On this site, it does not matter if a million other websites/mass media are having view A and a handle of sites are having view B. Both views will be given light of day, and be subject to discussion and analysis.

      Whether in agreement or not after discussion, the outcomes will be recorded and be available for all to share and understand, though it is hoped that the most rational argument will lend itself to practical action. Hence, the object is to be concise, clear and complete.

      Thank you, once again!

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    2. In agreement:
      “If we all had the same size CUP filled with the basic necessities for our individual survival and fulfillment, that would indeed be good.”
      “am grateful and give thanks”

      Perhaps for future clarification:
      A small few have oversized CUPS that floweth over. >> many have oversized and/or expanding CUPS. A few have gigantic and/or expanding CUPS. Hence, the frequent lack of lasting peace and fulfillment.

      With thanks!

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    1. Thank you April for your view! Agree that issues do demand our attention at times and to properly resolve, it is important not to be unreasonably optimistic. And agree again, “most of the time we can stay with the positive, if we will choose it.” Though maybe not all the time, as we are only human!

      If most of us can achieve what you just mentioned (reasonable positivity) with the fair share of resources, as mentioned, then perhaps there is hope to turnaround today’s outstanding problems that are mostly created by greed and/or fear. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tejaswi for your thoughts! Yes, resource is sufficient but finite, so prioritization is requisite to minimize suffering and strife, while leaving enough to move fulfillment of important collective cups. The main point is to help the less fortunate learn to fish, and settle important global issues. 🙂

      Interestingly, Maslow later wanted to replace self actualization with self transcendence (same end as our discussion), ie altruism and spirituality. Do enjoy you weekend! 🙂


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