Kalopsia: A Desirable Affliction

n. the delusion that things are more beautiful than they are

Now, wouldn’t that be a wonderful delusion to be afflicted with? A person would certainly have a new outlook on the world–maybe even see it with the mindset that it was meant to be veiwed with. So many people tend to focus on the negative with only a few in the crowd displaying the positive. We ought to seek what we have, rather than what we think we’re missing out on. The phrase “seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses” is meant to refer to someone who sees the world positively and not necessarily realistically. But really, isn’t positivity and seeing beauty in things one and the same? While beauty and positivity are not necessarily the same, they are inextricably interwoven one with the other. They are also both relative: something positive can always be found in something negative, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, perhaps kalopsia is really a refusal or even inability to see the negative in a situation, place, or person.

In the immortal line of Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”—it is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Imagine how much happier we would be if we refused to find the negative in life: not just ignored it, but made a conscious decision to refuse to find it. Let us think of it in the light of seeing the joy of life and living that we tend to overlook daily. Human nature tends to be dissatisfied and to focus on the negative—the journey towards kalopsia begins in a grateful heart. A simple premise, a difficult task.

–Rebecka Reddick

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  1. I have a water bottle that says “Optimistic – my glass is always half full.” I was explaining to my English students the other day that I keep that water bottle not because it is true of myself, but because I want it to be true. :)