I am shocked and disturbed by the bigoted attacks on cynics like me and the great and ancient Greek philosophy of cynicism by all you rose-coloured glass optimists.
Being “insufficiently positive”, scepticism and critical thinking are not crimes but rare and sorely need attributes in this world of fake news and pseudo-science. Political extremism, miracle cures, puppet leaders, goop medicines, WHO chieftains, tRump… there’s a long list of things that demand good everyday cynicism.
“We can't make things better unless we see quite how bad they are. And it's only by being distrustful that we can distinguish between the trustworthy and the unreliable. To do all this we need intelligent cynicism, which is not so much a blanket negativity, but a searchlight for the truly positive.”
(obligatory smiley face: )