Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Optimist and Mr. Pessimist will debate my fortune cookie's message:
"Today it's up to you to created the peacefulness you long for."
Mr Optimist, you're up first.
Mr. O: Ok, we can look beyond the fact that there is a typo (created where they mean create) to see that this message is the very essence of being positive. You have to take charge and make your peace. And, better than that, the message is saying that you get the peace you want if you make it.
Mr. P: Oh, I remember when I was that naive. You're not seeing the forest for the trees. Look, it's not saying that you will get the peacefulness you want, it's saying YOU have to MAKE it. Beyond that, why is it up to me? Does this message truly realize the life situation that Leab here is in?"
I want to interrupt you gentlemen for a minute. Um, last time you debated as if I wasn't here AND you insulted me. I won't have that this time. Please continue Mr. Pessimist.
Mr. P: No one cares what you think Leab. Now, back to my point: If you have to create your own peacefulness, then how does this message really help you?
Mr. O: You're missing the real message here. You can't just sit back and hope that God or Fate or Time or the Universe will give you what you want. You have to go out and make it. You want inner peace? Create it. You want more money? Find that job and get it! You have the power, so use it.
Mr. P: That's nice. Go tell that to the guy on the street. "Hey, buddy, you may be poor and have no where to live, but if you go out and try, you can get that job and save your family. Look, Optimist, while you're living in La-La Land, the rest of us are here in reality. Sometimes we need help. This message says no one can help you.
Mr. O: Ah, but that's not what it says...
Mr. P: Yes it does!
Mr. O: No it doesn't!
Mr. P: YES IT DOES!
Mr. O: NO IT DOESN'T!
Ok, kids, break it up. Mr. O, you have the floor. Mr. P, we let you have your say so be quiet.
Mr. O: It DOESN'T say that no one will help you, it says that you have to find what you need. You want someone to help you? Then you need to seek them out and ask for help.
Gentlemen, we're about out of time. Can we have your final summations? Mr. Optimist?
Mr. O: This is a positive message. It says that if you want something, you have to go out and get it. You have to use the power of positive thinking to help you get achieve your goals.
Thank you. Mr. Pessimist?
Mr. P: Once again, this is a wake up call to everyone. This message says you are on your own and can only help yourself. Secondly, this message says that while others are given what they want, YOU have to make your own way. Hey this guy over here was given greatness, but you...you have to go your own way if you want even a chance.
Thank you gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen of the audience, thank you for being a part of this. If you wish to comment, feel free.