Cynism

When I was in the UK, I thought about a long-read thought of someone else on a Yahoo! Group: Romanians are more cynical than Westerners, in general.

Is this good? It depends. If you take a cynical person and put it in an environment where everybody else is positive and warm, from that person’s perspective, things are fine. But for the society? Might be, might be not.

What if all society is made from cynical persons? I think things are not, in this case, good for anybody.

How about a situation in which all persons are positive? I think it will do good.

It’s a prisoner’s dilemma at its best.

PS: Adrian Stanciu once said that in Sweden the half-socialist State and its measures work because in there everybody works for the good of the society, as a whole. No cynism, instead goodwill and trust in all.

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2 Comments

  • Paul Muresan

    11 January 2017 - 14:58

    A cynical person is a person who either mistrusts everybody (Wikipedia), is driven purely by self interest (Google dictionary) or doesn’t care about social norms and good faith (Romanian dictionary). I fail to see how such attitudes can do any good for the society and I think most of the times they also harm the cynical individual as he/she becomes isolated and dies alone or gets an ulcer :). Also, cynicism does not equal skepticism.
    Side note: the prisoner dilemma is one example of why a competition among individuals does not always lead to the optimal result.

  • Olivian Breda

    11 January 2017 - 17:17

    Thanks for the comment, honored that you read me.

    What I mean by
    “Is this good? It depends. If you take a cynical person and put it in an environment where everybody else is positive and warm, from that person’s perspective, things are fine. But for the society? Might be, might be not.”

    is the following logic: I am unsure if a cynical society can bring only bad stuff, and is bad for the society as a whole.
    There are more than one criteria, there’s economics, and there’s other filters on which you can judge a society.
    Then, cynism might bring opportunist views, which can lead to entrepreneurial activities.

    I’m not saying cynism = a good society, it’s just that I’m not 100% convinced that a cynical society can’t bring good results, at least on some levels.

    I would say positive + trust >>> (much better than) cynicism, but there can be other situations.

    It’s psychology, mostly, and the output is variable. It can be good, or bad, it’s not an exact science.

    Hope I’m clearer with my thoughts now.

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