It's winter in the Midwest, yet outside it's in the 40's and the sun is shining quite brightly. Except for a handful of days here and there, and a couple snowfalls that melted before noon, it's been remarkably mild.
What, you ask, does this have anything to do with cups, empty or full?
Well, unfortunately, one cannot see mild weather without hearing someone insisting it is either A.) Proof of global warming and the eventual death of polar bears, because no warm-blooded animal can adapt to warmer temperatures, B.) Proof that the apocalypse will be happening quite soon, or C.) Aliens are meddling with the sun because they are bored.
I find it rather sad, actually, that when the weather is fine and cheerful, people can only think of the negatives. They look out the window and can only think that we will soon die terrible, horrible deaths, or at least be thrust into a post-apocalyptic world in which zombies try to eat their brains every few days. Of course zombies are unpleasant, but we need to remember the government has implemented anti-zombie precautions. No, really.
The thing is, global warming prophets, who claim to be oh so scientific and logical, are just as ridiculous as the numerous people who claim to have figured out just when Christ will return. They are right, and no amount of evidence to the contrary will prove otherwise. Though, to be fair, it will take a lot longer for there to be concrete proof against global warming than the proof that Christ did not, in fact, return on May 21, 2011. Still, the absolute faith in their own minds and their focus on the negatives is similar.
I'm going to try something this coming year. Whenever I feel like complaining, or feel some sort of depression about the future, I will immediately sit down and begin listing all the things I like about life and even that particular day. I will not see dark omens of doom in things.
Unless, of course, a zombie goes shambling down the road.