Being a cynic, this piece in the Guardian caught my attention. I was happy to learn that I am not so awful as most peg me...
For those too lazy to read the piece, I have excerpted a few key lines:
“...one of our best defences against spin and manipulation.”
“...cynics can be happy, constructive, even fun to hang out with.”
“...cynicism is neither wholly good nor bad...”
“...cynicism is a greater force for progress than optimism.”
“...importance of distinguishing between thinking cynically and acting cynically.”
“...realists who know that the world is not the sun-kissed fantasy peddled by positive-thinking gurus and shysters.”
“...proper cynicism is not a matter of personality but intellectual attitude.”
“...only by being distrustful that we can distinguish between the trustworthy and the unreliable.”
“...intelligent cynicism, which is not so much a blanket negativity, but a searchlight for the truly positive.”
_ Christmas is one of those times. It should be a day of happiness for all, but that is unrealistic when human get involved. I was optimistic this day, until I was forced to watch someone make a personal sacrifice of happiness for another in a Sophie’s Choice kind of situation. It was unpleasant and spoiled what should have been/could have been a happy occasion. It’s no fun to see someone sad on such a special day.
As far as the bigger picture is concerned, one hears at this time of year the phrase “peace on Earth, good will towards men”. Unfortunately, neither are ever gonna happen. Never have and never will. Not as long as humans devastate this planet. There is too much money to be made from strife. Religions will never agree. There are too many differences of opinion among those who must be “right”. And, all goods deeds must be punished.
After thinking about all of the above, I have reached a conclusion. In the next life, I want to be insensitive, selfish, and shameless. Such people enjoy life.
I hope that everyone can do the best they can on over the holidays to find a bit of happiness...
And people wonder why I'm a cynic....
If we careen over a cliff on Friday and the American government shuts down, hard-working federal workers will stop getting paychecks, but the members of Congress responsible for the shutdown are expected to be paid as usual.The upshot is that federal workers who do important work for the public — cleaning up toxic waste, enrolling sick people into lifesaving medical trials, answering medical hot lines, running national parks, processing passport applications — risk being sent home and going unpaid. But members of Congress would continue to receive $174,000 a year. As the humorist Andy Borowitz wrote in a Twitter message: “That’s like eliminating the fire dept & sending checks to the arsonists.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.