Long time back, we covered what Being an Idealist
is like, now the Realist comes up with her side of the story.
Over to the Realist.
Who is a realist?
A realist according to Cambridge Dictionary definition, accepts only what seems possible which distinguishes them from an idealist.
Is it good or bad to be a realist? Let’s check with few questions/ examples.
|Being a Realist|
In school we were taught, to do good, to be good. Mahatma Gandhi, came up with the theory that if someone slaps you on one cheek, put your other cheek forward.
Now, please tell me, what on earth in today’s world would stop the person to slap you on other cheek? Now if you are a realist, probably you would ensure that you break the jaws of the person who slapped you, so that the person never dares to do that again.
If the above example did not make enough sense, here is another one for you.
What theory would support your good behavior towards someone, who sugar coats shit and forces you to gobble it down? Or honesty towards someone, who is putting a blatant lie in front of you?
Lets’ take the example of a law school student in this regard, why all the innocence and honesty of the law school freshers does vanishes by the 2nd yr of law school or maximum by 3rdyr? Because we tend to adjust to the realities we are exposed to in law school, there are biases, politics, lot of tactics, etc. etc. The idiom, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, fits well in such circumstances, one need to adapt to the culture, at the end its survival of the fittest.
Upholding principles to your own detriment doesn't pay in today's world. If learning the trick of the trades takes me away from being an idealist, I would happily be a realist.