The Habits of Highly Cynical People
 

 

The Habits of Highly Cynical People

Solnit, Rebecca
http://harpers.org/archive/2016/05/the-habits-of-highly-cynical-people/

Publisher:  Harper's
Date Written:  01/05/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21972

A look at the consequences and dangers of 'naive cynicism', where complex issues are oversimplified and the future and past is flattened out, reducing motivations to engage in intelligent dialogue, and to participate and act.

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Naive cynics shoot down possibilities, including the possibility of exploring the full complexity of any situation. They take aim at the less cynical, so the cynicism becomes a defensive posture and an avoidance of dissent.

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