I liked this part from Barak Obama’s inauguration speech today:

….Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

idealist v/s believe’ist

I am not color blind, I just see the world as black and white.

I was thinking about this today. More than a few times I have been told that I believe in people, I believe in things. I think that if something is supposed to be a certain way, it should be that way, there should be no reason(s) for it. In fact if it is not, then you need the reasons.

One of the things I believe in is the goodness of people. Unless there is a reason, a very strong reason, people are not inherently bad. If you think somebody wishes bad about you and does harm to you, he/she must have a damn good reason.

And that does _not_ make me an idealist. I think the better term is a “believe’ist” (not a believer).