Realism

In Christian Science, realism and idealism are one, but generally they are regarded as opposites. The realist is thought of as one who faces facts, however grim, without evasion or deception; whereas the idealist is said to live in a rosy Utopia of desire. "Idealists," it has been stated in confirmation of this view, "make a great mistake in not facing the real facts sincerely and resolutely. ...It is the realist and not the idealist who is generally justified by events."

But is not this a definition of the visionary, rather than the idealist? All easy and superficial optimism, all taking as accomplished that which must first be earned and held, is without substance. It does not envisage the truly ideal, and is very far from the real.

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