So I've been called pessimistic several times recently, and I have put some thought into it and came to the conclusion that I am actually a realist. Of course, most people would say the same thing. Nobody thinks that their perspective of the world is skewed or unrealistic, thus most people would call themselves a realist even if they are obviously optimistic or pessimistic in the perception of others. This also begins to beg the question of who is the judge of what is unrealistically positive or negative versus what is realistic. Such a spectrum and such a lack of standard! Is there an effective way to evaluate one's perception of the world, and is doing so even worthwhile?