Thursday, April 19, 2007

Amassing Evidence

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.

Albert Schweitzer

Idependent verification indicates that I am both wise and frighteningly intelligent.

6 comments:

Snag said...

The truly happy person is blind drunk.

mdhatter said...

my friend is colorblind, happy, and occasionally confused by stop lights, especially after a drink.

Chuckles said...

I don't own a car.

girl like me said...

I'm a little confused about this quote. I have problems with it on several different levels. 1. If a person can only see the color green or the color red, does that not mean that they are blind to other colors in the sprectrum. Technically are there are many different forms of color blindness and I would believe that the above mentioned blindness to other colors would count and therefore make the optimist and the pessimist wise as well, at least according to your evidence. But that would seem to be a conclusion that you would not want to draw given the point of this post.

2. There seems to be a fallacy lurking in the quote. It seems to imply that there are two extreme ends, i.e. the ability to see red and the ability to see green. So if a person can fall between these two opposing forces, then they must be wise. I don't see how that follows.

3. I would assert that a person who can see all the colors, clearly and accuratly, is in a better position to judge and make informed choices.

I would like to end by saying that I am not implying that I don't think you might be wise, but rather the evidence of that wisdom is not established by the quote you present.

Chuckles said...

This was more a joke about how I am colorblind and think I am so damn smart.

girl like me said...

I know. Wow, I was just teasing you.