Who's A Cynic?
Some folks are born cynics, some are made cynics, and others have cynicism thrust upon them. I personally am of the second persuasion, since I do believe I was born an innocent, trusting and optimistic person. But after the first 17 years of my life, I came to the determination that I was a cynic, and the 26-plus years that have followed have only strengthened that belief.
And I am darn proud to be a cynic! In a world that is increasingly changing for the weirder, I find it safer for me to be suspicious of the future. I mean, really - if I were a trusting soul, willing to believe in the absolute best in people, everyone who knows me would be completely floored, aghast, and just plain surprised at my 180-degree turnaround!
To me, one must be especially cynical nowadays, since it's a USA Presidential election year. As one of my favorite characters, Jed Clampett might say, "Yeee doggie!" And the folks who are wanting to be President should give EVERY one who plans to vote pause ... and a good reason to become cynics, as well.
But I'm not just doubtful about public figures; I'm actually quite democratic in my cynicism. Every one and any one in the world is subject to my extreme suspicion of their motive. Isn't that nice to know? Or rather, isn't it useful as a warning?
Truthfully, I do honestly believe that most people are *GASP!!!* basically good; it's just that "basically good" doesn't make popular headlines. To quote another one of my favorite characters, Linus Van Pelt: "I love mankind - it's PEOPLE I can't stand!"