It is a product of years of training and advice from my ENTJ mother.
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside
them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman
Maybe that first time I heard Rob Base's "It Takes Two" at a school picnic, sitting on the sidelines, watching everyone do the "Running Man", and thinking everyone was an idiot. Life keeps repeating itself like this.
I think I might have been born a cynic. I never believed in Santa claus, the tooth fairy or all the other things kids are supposed to. Also I was a very mistrustful child, inclined to avoid people I didn't know.
Tennage years. Would probably be earlier in a better environment. I feel like I've been stuck in a Ti-Si loop for most of my life. I was more alike a broken ISTJ.
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '
I'm merely skeptical; I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Sometimes the worst doesn't happen; typically it's somewhere in-between.
...Meh, I guess I don't belong here.
"Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
I don't know if I'd qualify. I don't consider myself all that cynical, although other people have called me that. I have certain beliefs and attitudes that some people label as 'cynical' (for example, thinking people are often motivated by their own self-interest, or believing a lot of cliche feel-goodisms like 'everything happens for a reason' are crap). But I don't exactly sit around moping as a result, stewing about how the world is a dark and dreary place and everything anyone does is pointless. These thoughts don't even seem that bad to me...the world isn't paradise and people aren't angels, but I can accept that.
So I guess it depends on what you consider 'cynical'.
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
II don't know since when I've been cynical but I suspect it may have something to do with kids in my class in primary school insisting that "the sun is obviously a planet, what are you talking about?" Seeing people getting away with a lot, later on, reinforced that.
With time, however, I found that cynicism, although easier to adopt, made me question the point of everything and most importantly, was making me miserable. Staying somewhat idealistic, on the other hand, made me happy, not for the [disappointing] others but for myself.
In short, nowadays I dwell on the fine line between cynicism and idealism.