The Cynic

cynic
cyn·ic \ˈsi-nik\
noun

a person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do; especially : a person who believes that people are selfish and are only interested in helping themselves

Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2016.

I’m hard on people. This includes myself. It’s hard not to be cynical when you live in a world that doesn’t always align with your values. It’s hard to hope that people will turn this thing around before the planet has had enough of us. You know the old George Carlin quip: “The planet is fine; the people are…” Yeah, fill in the blank. The word is exactly what you’re thinking it is.

I’m trying to be less cynical, at least when it comes to people I don’t know personally. I don’t have to agree with everything a stranger does; I just have to believe that people are good at heart. I mean, if Anne Frank could believe it – and, according to her diary, she did – then what’s my excuse? People deserve a chance to show themselves.

I’m not proud of being a gossipy, cynical jerk. That doesn’t jive with “do no harm.” So, yeah. Working on that.

But please know, I’m a lifelong eye-roller. And that? That’s not changing. Nuh uh. No dice.