Lets admit it. In America being cynical is cool. Cynical like Bogart in “Casablanca.” Like Clint Eastwood, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump. Cynicism plays well in bars, parties, even in some early relationships. The cynic holds enormous power, for he or she never has to reveal themself. They can scoff at their world without ever exposing their own doubts and weaknesses.
Among history’s cynics were Plato and Marcus Aurelius, Machiavelli and Alexander Hamilton, Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon. Right now the taxpayers in America have a right to be cynical about how their healthcare may be taken away from them.
Here’s the point.
Most times cynicism is so easy and cheap, as in the way critics sneer at a Justin Bieber, complain about a do-nothing Congress, dismiss this year’s Cubs, and in general sit comfortably in the stands of the arena watching people down there trying.
One of cynicism’s favorite targets are the many flaws of the past. In effect, everything and everybody before them who simply didn’t get it right. However — and here’s the point! — all too often such cynicism scoops up all too many shining babies with the dirty bathwater. This alludes to some of those decadent old values like honoring teachers, cops, firemen, clergy, flag, country, and those once-upon-a-time MGM favorites “Andy Hardy,” “Mr Smith Goes To Washington,” “Sullivan’s Travels,” “Leave It To Beaver,” and “Happy Days.”
You wanna talk about corny…? Sugar-coating reality….? It’s true, those “babies” fit perfectly inside the cynic’s “dirty water” scooper. What a shame.
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