cyn·i·cism (sn-szm) n.
1. An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others
2. A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act
I am definitely feeling a little, ok, a LOT cynical these days about a few hot topics for me. I know this and I don’t need anybody pointing it out to me. Self-awareness is a beautiful, beautiful thing. It’s a place I hope I won’t stay for very long. I hate hating and distrusting so much. (Although, I believe wholeheartedly that a lot of what/who I am most cynical about (towards?) should be distrusted and questioned!)
I’m curious about people’s thoughts on cynicism. What’s the value? What’s the harm? What’s the middle ground? What are you cynical about? I am SO cynical about political correctness…and, oh yeah, the church and church folks…and brothas. If you’ve read my site, you know the deal. I have tried to hide much of my cynicism in my feable attempts at eloquence…but today, I’m even cynical about eloquence. Just say it! Dang it!!
I know my cynicism is rooted in experience, a ton of experience that has caused tremendous pain that will not disappear overnight. In some areas I feel this experience leaves me all the wiser, in others, dangerously skeptical in that, if unchanged, it will prevent some channels of love into my life.
I’m cynical, at the moment, about “process”. It’s like a buzz word for what’s going to fix all the evils in your life. I know healing is a process, desite how easily sarcasm and snide remarks roll off of my tongue. I’m not really enjoying this place.
I guess I should tell you before you comment on this post that I am cynical about people who think they have the answers, as well. Please be brave enough to not let that dissuade you from entering into this discussion. A discussion is exactly what I’m inviting here. I’m not asking to be fixed.
That said. Any thoughts on cynicism? Any stories of your own? What are other people cynical about?
I did a self- test on this site: http://www.i-cynic.com/quiz.asp
Here are my results:
You have potential. While you’re not yet a full-blown cynic, you exhibit promising talents in that direction. Go ahead and explore the sample definitions from The Cynic’s Dictionary to see if you agree.