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Samuel Hazo once quoted the aphorism Expect everything and anything seems nothing Expect nothing and anything seems everything The truth of this statement can best be seen in the following deductive argument People awake each day with expectations Expectations set a limit to happiness Therefore people awake each day setting a limit to their happiness This can also be realized in the following story titled The Optimist There is a story of identical twins One was a hope-filled optimist Everything is coming up roses he would say The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist He thought that Murphy as in Murphys Law was an optimist The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins personalities On their next birthday put them in separate rooms to open their gifts Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford and give the optimist a box of manure The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results When they peeked in on the pessimist they heard him audibly complaining I dont like the color of this computer Ill bet this calculator will break I dont like the game I know someone whos got a bigger toy car than this Tiptoeing across the corridor the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air He was giggling You cant fool me Where theres this much manure theres gotta be a pony Although this story included the fact that one of the children was an optimist and the other a pessimist it can be still be used to understand the original aphorism The pessimist expected the computer to be a color he desired a sturdier calculator a game he would enjoy and a bigger toy car When he didnt get those things he
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