If an over-developed power of observation can lead to cynicism, it can also lead to pedantry (some may have noticed!). But, there is a time and a place for everything...and a time to look the other way.
I learned something as an army officer, manager, and parent: there are times when one must ignore what one observes. "Letting it slide" is not always bad.
Soldiers are often totally incompetent, but an officer cannot be constantly "on their case". Workers do not often get it right, but must be given a chance to make mistakes and get it right on their own. As a parent, one learns to judge the severity of a fall: children must pick themselves up and get on with it.
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.