Find a Basis for Hope or Cynicism Will Kill You
“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” — Maya Angelou
Gladys Knight & the Pips at White House last nite. What a privilege to rise to this level from an obscure, poor black family. America is a land of opportunities.
Yet, what of the many who must grapple with the perceived probability that even their lesser dreams may never materialize? What then? Is the rest of one’s life simply a long period of waiting to die?
New goals must emerge. When goals become tangible, the heart is infused with power to pursue. We rise up for “occasions.”
Journal Note, Sept. 29, 1997
The great enemy is cynicism, an acid that burns the fledgling seeds of new hope. If hope is permitted to thrive, cynicism can be contained.
Cynicism has been compared to a cancer which needs to be rooted out. Like a cancer, cynicism in its advanced stages will kill you.
To borrow yet another metaphor, “When people give up hope, cynicism is the charred remains left behind.”
Today cynicism is pervasive. Among America’s working class, the message is “Why work hard when there is no hope of anything coming of it?” This attitude undercuts the necessary motivation required to improve our lot. Our labors can make a difference, if we believe and have hope.
There are too many who have the attitude, “How little can I do and still get by?” People who change the world are those who roll up their sleeves and say, “Yes, I am willing to do whatever it takes. If I don’t make it a better world, my children will.”
“The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one.”
— Henry Ward Beecher
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.
— Stephen Colbert
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
— Oscar Wilde
The greater part of the truth is always hidden, in regions out of the reach of cynicism. — J.R.R. Tolkien
Originally published at https://pioneerproductions.blogspot.com.