A good question: 'Am I a realist?' Some say I am an idealist. Some say I am a realist. Some say I am just a crazy old man. Some say I am a literalist. Some say I am not.
I do look for many levels of meaning in each thing I see. I look to the ideal for all of humanity. Then I write what I believe, feel, and know. I live to the best of my ability what I share with others. It is my way of life. Living your words -- does that make one a realist?
I write of harmony and peace -- but I carry a gun to work. My world is harmonious and peaceful for my job is to keep it that way. I know the truly poor and the street people too. I know the very rich and those who think they are. Love and happiness is shared with each person I meet. If you were to come my way, you would sometimes laugh but always smile. But, if you saw through my eyes you would cry.
Another individual said I did not know the real world. But I know it well. Maybe too well.