Date: Sunday, August 30th 2015
Participants (from 12 countries):
India: Sunita | Tunisia: Marwa | USA: Rick, Rebecca, Jami | Bangladesh: J.A. Riya | Vietnam: Kelly | Argentina: Johny | Philippines: Lala | Morocco: Aziz | Mauritania: Boboty | Iran: Lili | Pakistan: Sidra | Sudan: Seif
Panel PRO: Boboty, Lala, Nishi, Jami, Ashfaq, Sidra
Panel CON: Sunita, Marwa, Riya, J.A., Lili, Rick. Jay
AUDIENCE: Johny, Kelly, Seif, Lili
Panel PRO summary:
- Taking the bright side of everything will not guarantee success.
- Although attitude is important, being positive will not solve all problems.
- There is just too much danger out there for optimist so its safer to be arealist.
- Assuming and expecting something that it is not real is living in an imaginary world.
- Being a realist is not the same as being pessimist.
- Being realistic allows a person to make decision based on fact not on false hopes.
- Optimistic people are not prepared for the worse case scenario whereas a realistic person will be better prepared for the worse.
- Being optimistic is narrowing your mind because you only see one side of the issue.
- When people are realist, and see all the bad things, the real things, they will be more motivated to make a changes in the world.
- Being optimistic is accepting only the bright side of everything and will not focus on the bad side and therefore, that person will not change the bad things.
- Everything happens for a reason, and we have to be rational. most of the time whenever we encounter a situation we have to consider its details and evaluate it, the best way to do that is to consider both negative and positive sides
- Chinese are much more realist than those in the U.S., even erring on the side of pessimism. But, he says, this does not make China an emotionally unhealthy nation. Studies suggest they are much less likely than Americans to falsely boost their self-esteem. Overall, they are more likely to take responsibility when things go wrong, and when things go right, are more likely to assume someone else should be praised.
- A realist is not just a dreamer; they actually work on the issues.
- When optimist expect too much bad things happen, and they get hurt more often because of false hopes.
- Thoughts turned into actions make the difference: Love doesn't hurt, expectation does.
Panel CON summary:
- A new study says that the optimists among us may have a lower risk of heart disease and early death: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/news-blog/do-optimists-live-longer-2009-03-06/
- Most of what you do in life is done based on emotion or attitude, if you approach a situation with optimism, it may help you go through it.
- If we don’t feel inspired, our actions influence our choice and options.
- Being optimistic inspires other people to be positive too.
- Being optimistic make people have hope and faith.
- Being realist is the same as being pessimist and hopeless.
- A realist person is a dead person.
- Optimists are often touted as the best way to be and are usually shown to be well adjusted and happy. They tend to look on the more favorable side of life and events expecting the most favorable outcome:
- It’s impossible to live a life without optimism
- If a person is diagnosed with a terminal disease doesn’t do anything they will probably die faster. A positive attitude can affect our physical health and help us to recover more quickly from illness.
- Optimism gives us determination and perseverance. For example, in a job interview, or a date you don't concentrate on your shortcomings.
Kelly and Seif left early. Johny voted for both teams. For this tie, the moderator was asked to make a vote. Aziz also voted for both teams therefore both teams won this debate!
There was a bonus chat and the topic was “Describe the participants in the call” and “describe your favorite food”. This will be posted in a separated blog.
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