I thought about this today as I was seeing all the folks that posted that facebook privacy warning that is apparently just something made up. No, I wasn’t thinking how gullible people are when they copy and paste something that says every time you share this photo AOL and Microsoft will send $5.00 to the “rescue the puppies” fund or some such… Rather, I was thinking that how much of this kind of stuff slowly turns us into a society that doesn’t believe anything.

So, we don’t believe any of the really cool stories that people post (although some, I admit, believe all of them), because every time we check the hoax web sites we find out that it was photo-shopped, or something like that.

Does that kind of thinking and does that kind of experience harden us as we grow older? That’s what I wonder. What are we missing? What do we wish we could have back? 

An obvious solution is for me to never post something or say something I don’t know for a fact is true. Another one (I think I like this better), is to look for the really true, really cool stuff that happens in the world, look for the extremes of beauty, and celebrate those, and share them, and tell stories about them, and dwell on them…


3 thoughts on “Cynicism

  1. Doug Jones says:

    This is a beautiful reflection. I am “with you” 100%. I want to skirt between the two poles of viewing the world with “pollyanna” eyes – that smiles and accepts everything is good and true and fine… and the eyes of the “skeptic” that is shipwrecked in doubt and negativity unable to see a real world where good people and good things take place and can be trusted under the reign of a good God.

    I can’t bear to live in a world where I can’t accept the word of another – where I have to assume each person is twisting the system to better their agenda – where falsehood is disguised in every offer. So I choose rather to trust (and be disappointed sometimes) and in so doing – many times I am awed and I am caught up in the joy of living.

    I happen to believe that a life lived following after Jesus – begins to reveal for us “real eyes that realize where the real lies.” (a great quote from Fr. Richard Rohr) And some of that realness is found in our neighbor, and the poor, and amidst our created order… and we are better for it when we invest our lives there.

  2. Doug Janelle says:

    It amazes me how easily we fluctuate between believing whatever we’re told (eg: the FB privacy nonesense) and being suspicious of everything. If I ever start a band I think I’ll name it “The Gullible Cynics”

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