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  • mistermuse 4:45 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cynicism, , , Socrates. Mike Royko,   

    DO CYNICS CARE? 

    The unexamined life is not worth living.  –Socrates

    I readily admit to being somewhat cynical — to what degree, I can’t be absolute — and I readily submit to being a realist. Really, is it possible to be a realist without being more or less cynical? Perhaps more significantly, is it possible to be a cynic without caring? Let other cynics  speak for themselves; I wouldn’t be cynical if I didn’t care.

    Of course, I wasn’t born cynical. One only gets that way out of an abundance of living in the real world, which usually happens — or begins to happen — soon enough. We were all believing children once. I doubt if children are even capable of being cynical, although God knows, shamefully, that many have reason enough to be.  But what of adult true believers — those who have stopped growing, stopped wanting to know why, even if the answer begs the question?

    Do a search for quotes about cynicism, and you will find many by cynics, as well as many by scoffers of cynics — and if you really think about it, doesn’t that make scoffers cynics too? Here is the mix; you be the judge:

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.  –George Bernard Shaw

    A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn’t any Santa Claus, and he’s still upset.  –J. G. Cozzens

    Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.  –George Carlin

    A cynic sees little to admire in the world, while the world sees even less to admire in him.  –Evan Esar

    Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what is really going on.  –Mike Royko

    I’m not ready to let the youthful part of myself go yet. If maturity means becoming a cynic, if you have to kill the part of yourself that is naive and romantic and idealistic to claim maturity, is it not better to die young but with your humanity intact?  –Kenneth Cain

    Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.  –Glen Cook

     

     

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 11:10 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I long ago gave up cynicism for smart-assism. Doesn’t make you more popular, but it is more fun.

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    • mistermuse 1:46 pm on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re being too modest, Ricardo – you do both, and it’s probably a more effective combination than cynicism and appealing to our better angels, which I haven’t found to be particularly popular either.

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    • Don Frankel 4:10 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The cynic is the guy who realizes he’s being lied to.

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    • mistermuse 8:22 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, it’s tempting to think that’s why we’re so cynical about politicians, but what worries me more than lying is that too many politicians are “true believers” – they really believe what they say.

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    • Don Frankel 5:16 pm on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I believe you’re right. Sometimes they know they are lying but other times they do believe.

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  • mistermuse 11:06 pm on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Bernard Berenson, cynicism, Friedrich Nietzsche, , , Jerome K. Jerome, Lillian Hellman, Mahatma Gandhi., Pontius Pilate, , , , ,   

    TRUE BE OR NOT TRUE BE…. 

    That is the question: “What is truth?”, as Pontius Pilate asked. In what sense did he ask it? It seems that Pilate did not wait for Jesus to answer, so a good guess is that he asked it rhetorically….and why not? Better men than Pilate have concluded that the truth of a thing is nothing more than what each of us believes it to be — religious beliefs being the supreme example, and killing/persecuting over religious differences being the supreme irony….as if it is necessarily so that belief equals truth to demand surrender to. Like Ira Gershwin, “I takes dat gospel whenever it’s pos’ple– but wid a grain of salt!”

    Many wise things have been said concerning the concept of truth, but I believe we must look outside of religion for most of the wise men and women who have said those wise things, just as we look beyond politicians for the deeper concepts that govern us. Here are some of these “outsiders” and their sayings that ring true to me:

    Between truth and the search for truth, I choose the second. -Bernard Berenson

    Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. -Albert Einstein

    Truth exists; only lies are invented. -Georges Braque

    There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth. – Samuel Butler

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. -Aldous Huxley

    Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. -Lillian Hellman

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it. -George Bernard Shaw

    It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. -Jerome K. Jerome

    We occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. -Winston Churchill

    All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. -Friedrich Nietzsche

    An error does not become truth by means of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. -Mahatma Gandhi

    Would you believe that this treatise was brought to you by the same libertine who brought you yesterday’s less high-minded, but perhaps more uplifting, post MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RAUNCH…. what can I say?

     
    • Don Frankel 8:44 am on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.” If you follow this rule you won’t Fucks Funny.

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    • mistermuse 10:30 am on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Mel Blanc, of Bugs Bunny and “That’s all folks” fame, once needed “truth” to put one over on the Calif. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, which asked him if his license plate KMIT stood for a radio station (illegal in California). Blanc replied, “No, that’s actually an old Jewish expression, ‘know me in truth’.” What it really stood for was “kish mir im tuchis,” a Yiddish phrase meaning “Kiss my ass.”

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