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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cynicism Sucks

There are plenty of things to be pissed off about these days. But nothing, nothing pisses me off like cynicism. Because it kills everything good. Like self-pity, it destroys everything else but itself. And it does so smugly.

Oh it's all so grand and easy to sit back like a know it all and proclaim actions worthless. And declare all the cowardly spineless reasons why one shouldn't be bothered. "That's the way it is; they have all the control," "Nothing will come of it, it'll be covered up and the corruption will go on." Yes it will, if that's all you have to say. It takes effort to change things, in case you hadn't noticed. But it's so much easier to be a fucking do-nothing, isn't it? Just tut-tut and throw out some meek half-wittiness and sit back in your own complacent, superior enabling.

Well I'm not having it. I'm sick to hell of my generation's excuses. If you don't want a fight and are willing to let things stay in the shitty shape they are, have at it. But not me. And don't bring me down with your hopeless demoralizing diaper-dipping, either. I'll rip a new one for you. Lead, follow or get out of the way. I'm no leader but I'll be damned before I join the wallowing bunch of nay-saying lazy shits who shake their heads with a smirk and give up before there's even a fight.

7 comments:

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

My goodness. Have an opinion about this, do we? I must admit, I tend to agree with you. At my age, after all the broken promises and sleazy endeavors I've seen played out in our society, I should probably be more cynical. But I'm not. My husband calls it naive. Maybe so, but without hope and a healthy dose of optimistic idealism, what's the point?

Austan said...

What's the point exactly! I'll take naive over defeatist any day. Cynics never got anything done.

Geo. said...

In feeble defense of cynics I can only quote a guilty favorite, Kin Hubbard, who wrote,"Now and then an innocent man is sent to the Legislature."

Austan said...

And I'll quote Oscar Wilde: " A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." ;)

CarrieBoo said...

I keep trying to post, but I just keep laughing...

Austan said...

Ah, Carrie, you "get it". ;)

annieoatcake said...

Ah, those were the days before I became a boring auld cynic... I'm hoping it's just a phase :-) Way to go, Laura!