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.