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Someone who is able to look at the positive side of life while maintaining a realistic viewpoint. Although seemingly contradictory (or even possibly as an oxymoron), it clearly is not due to the fact that realism has no positive or negative association, only a focus on the realistic elements of a situation.
Craig is an optimistic realist because while he understands that in reality, negative things can happen, that there is an equal chance that positive things will happen.
by Capritzki Pomadurn August 23, 2010