IWD2018: Why be an idealist?
By Kaila Bell (FES Secretary, 2nd year English Literature and Politics)
The common perception of idealists is that we are dreamers and, rather than facing up to the cruel reality of the world, we sit in our bubbles imagining the impossible.
Realists, on the other hand, are often perceived as practical, task orientated folk who get the job done. But, why not be a practical, task orientated idealist? Idealists don’t solely have to be dreamers, rather we can be practical dreamers. Inactivity is not a symptom of idealism. We want the ideal to be achieved but we are practical in achieving.
Why be a realist and focus only on the current state of affairs when you can be an idealist who has something to aim for? Idealists are not idle, nor naive in our perception of the world.
We just think we can do better.
Realism is boring. How can thinking you know the entirety of human capabilities be any fun at all? Be open and let humanity surprise you.
It’s much more fun.
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