Posts Tagged ‘Cynicism’

Grim Thoughts For A Grim Day

July 6, 2021

Today I briefly got into a conversation with L’s Mother about people trying to characterize the various “Generations.” Now while I fully understand that growing up in different times and conditions has an effect on people (For instance, my grandmother used to wash and reuse aluminum foil until it fell apart long after there was any real need to do so anymore.), for the most I find the generational label just that . . . a label, and just another divisive one to boot.

If you want to characterize a generation, any generation, I can do it in one word:

Disappointed.

I Think My Son Just Exceeded Me In Cynicism

January 27, 2021

Today out of the blue my son told me, “I’m placing my hopes on that this country pulls itself together soon . . . not my money, but my hopes.”

But I Doubt They Will

November 4, 2020

With yesterday’s ban on cynicism no longer in effect, let me just say while the results could still go either way that I hope the losers in this election actually learn something from their loss, especially if the real losers end up being the country as a whole.

But It Doesn’t

November 3, 2020

Today I’m fighting against the urge to be cynical on a day that I refuse to be cynical.

I only wish my refusal had something to do with the election.

Trains Can Be Good Though, Right?

June 26, 2017

Even cynics have to admit that, at least some of the time, good things just come your way.

To hardcore cynics though, even the good things tend to look vaguely train-shaped.

It’s True

June 3, 2016

They say you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but a spray bottle full of vinegar can knock fruit flies out of the air with a single spray.

You can’t do the same trick with honey.

So They Fired ME Instead

July 7, 2015

In an effort to counter a dark wave of cynicism today, I bring you this bit of random silliness:

One time at a corporate seminar someone tried to train me to be a firewalker, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the collar on it . . .

I Prefer To Think Of Myself As A Realist . . . Or At Least A Surrealist

April 15, 2013

I don’t consider myself that much of a cynic, I really don’t.   I’ve seen what excessive cynicism does to other people, and if it looks that bad on them, then I doubt it would look any better on me.

But with that said, I admit I only have a limited number of responses when someone starts telling me about the latest thing which has outraged them, particularly when that outrage comes with either an explicit or implied sentiment of “Can you believe what’s happening now?”

My most frequent response being, “Yes, I can believe it . . . but what makes you think it just started now?”

Two Ways To Be Wrong More Often Than Right

June 14, 2012

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H. L. Mencken