Cynicism

Lately, I have been thinking about cynicism and how it seems to suck the life right out of me when I hear it and even more so… when I participate in it. Cynicism is vacuous and devastating to growth, mercy, forgiveness, thanksgiving, creativity and relationships. (Basically, it is harmful to everything that is good, excellent and true.)

Cynicism is opposite of wisdom, intelligence and experience. In fact, it is easy and lazy. If you think about it, cynicism is not an action nor does it encourage us to act. Rather it is usually a state known as “contempt prior to investigation.” Consequently, the most cynical people are ones who have never done the very things that they are most cynical about.

Cynicism is the antithesis of love and truth. It is not patient or kind. It does not set you free. Cynicism is dark, heavy and paralyzing. It seems when I hear it or am actively participating in it, I am feeding death.

Cynicism is infectious and deceptive, and it can have many faces. It can hide in humor, virtues, righteous anger and brutal honesty. “Telling it like it is” is often a pure dose of cynicism, especially from places and platforms that are void of the relationship needed for “truth” to take root.

I have discovered that the more I have given and received love and truth, the more sensitive I have become to cynicism and it’s poisonous tentacles. Likewise, I believe the answer and response to cynicism is the embodiment and practice of love and truth. This, my friend, is the good fight… To resist and not be swallowed up by cynicism or to be an open tomb from which it comes.

Every single human being has limited time, energy and space to say and do something. Use your time, space and energy to be strong and courageous to give help, hope, truth, love and the good news. Encourage people with the encouragement you have been encouraged by my. By all means, share your experience, strength and hope.

“Don’t hang a dismal picture on the wall, and do not daub with sables and glooms in your conversation. Don’t be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don’t bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Nerve us with incessant affirmatives. Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. When that is spoken which has a right to be spoken, the chatter and the criticism will stop. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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