I’m not a fan of the saccharinely positive with no off-button but cynicism – that can be a poison.
The kind of cynicism I am talking about here has little to do with discernment or healthy realism; the critical thinking required to analyze information or challenge norms, which leads to better outcomes.
I am talking about the kind of person who pans everything.
A hundred great things happen during the day and the only thing the cynic reports: the train was late.
The variations are endless:
- The boss is stupid
- The government useless
- The incompetent supplier stuffed up again.
Perhaps all those things are true. But so are adjacent realities like the 93 percent of times the trains ran on time or many occasions the boss had a great idea.