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Have I always been a cynic at heart, or am I one of the recently converted?

Asked by Siren (3404points) November 3rd, 2008

I always considered myself a pretty good optimist, but in light of a lot of bad world and local news lately, find my opinions to be rather on the jaded side. I HOPE to return to my optimistic roots, but is it possible in this day and age? Also, is it really just me or have there been a lot of converts to the belief of cynicism lately? What’s the prognosis, you cynics and optimists out there, and can I/should I look forward to a more optimistic outlook on life, or settle down as a permanent member of the cynic club? Thanks for your opinion.

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jrpowell's avatar

I would chalk it up to information overload. I miss the good old days of not really knowing what was going on in the world. Then the Internet came along and I hear about mostly bad stuff.

The bad stuff was always there. I just didn’t know about it. And I was happier.

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m more of a pessimist than a cynic, but that is just my nature. Can a true optimist really change? You’d be optimistic about the idea that you could regain you optimism, and so on…

elchoopanebre's avatar

Maybe you should limit your mass-media intake a little. Go outside and enjoy the world and you won’t be as pessimistic.

It’s hard to be a pessimist when you have your endorphins flowing from a good bike ride/jog.

I don’t mean to label you as someone who doesn’t go outside but in my experience, this helps. Media is pure depression and getting away from it makes me more optimistic.

shadling21's avatar

Once a cynic, always a cynic.

Siren's avatar

My cynicism seems to be wavering a little with the new change in government (hope!). I wonder if it is a bump in the road or if I was indeed watching too much tv/news/internet news. I’ll keep you posted.

Cynic out!

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