Cynicism is a hallmark of our time. As a response to the absurdities of the world, many of us have become distrusting of everything. We've lost faith in humanity and the structures of modern society.
@keenencharles I agree. The creep of cynicism in this day is so pervasive. I find myself knee deep in it without even realising. What might be some personal practices to counter cynicism?
It's a timely reminder, especially for myself. It's easy to fall into cynicism and apathy in this age. So easy that I'm already in it without knowing. I think it might be due to a few reasons:
- Too few trusted sources of information and news of high integrity and ethical standards
- Polarised fighting online - it's not even a discussion anymore, just people taking positions and dissing each other
- Catastrophes as what's considered newsworthy, and too few inspiring sources of optimism
- Harder to find people to hang out with, who are genuinely and sincerely hopeful of the world
- Ever-quickening pace of life, and forgetting how to stop and rest, and not let cynicism overwhelm you
Just making this list was kind of a relief, and felt helpful, for me at least. Being able to identify something and call it by its true name(s), is to start on the path to healing and resolution. If optimism is the moral opposite of cynicism, so in order to solve cynicism, perhaps I can seek out the opposite:
- Where are the trustworthy news channels with high journalistic ethical standards? This one is difficult for me. The Guardian? Vox? Anyone knows?
- The only safe places I experienced recently had been some (some, not all) newer, niche-topic forums, Telegram groups and Slack communities. But those are about niche topics, not exactly places where people talk about the state of the world/country/society etc. Where are good places to read about issues where people are civil?
- Where are the sources of inspiration and optimism? It doesn't have to be news. I know a few - On Being, Mindfulness Bell. Many spiritual/religious publications or magazines fall into this. Wish to read more secular ones like On Being. Where are they?
- Find meetups and communities where optimistic people are. Maybe some meditation groups? Maybe "Optimistic People meetup" are not exactly search terms that will show up. What roles/jobs would they have, where would these people naturally gather?
- Scheduling time to unplug, stop and rest. Moderate social media and news consumption daily. Walk away from anything toxic, but don't shy away from things that's difficult or uncomfortable to my own worldview (and being able to tell the difference).
What else? I hardly think this list is exhaustive, or if I even thought this through. Suggestions, tips and links welcomed! ;)