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    Isn't cynicism simply the propensity to question? So shouldn't, we in fact be cynical. I mean if foolishness and lies aren't questioned they become accepted as wisdom and truth.

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    I am only partially joking.

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    Nonsense. All INFPs are cute and bubbly. We see the world in brighter colors and empathize with the chairs we sit on.

    You're all a bunch of fakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wittySynonym View Post
    Isn't cynicism simply the propensity to question? So shouldn't, we in fact be cynical. I mean if foolishness and lies aren't questioned they become accepted as wisdom and truth.
    No, that's skepticism. My best definition for cynicism is an inability to enjoy whimsy unironically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SciVo View Post
    No, that's skepticism. My best definition for cynicism is an inability to enjoy whimsy unironically.
    I'm not a big fan of enjoying everything in an ironic context, especially whimsy, which I find genuinely delightful

    I'd go with this definition:
    bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic

    That might include a contemptuous view of whimsy for some, but for others it may just be a dejected idealism that has left them expecting the worst and not trusting anything/anyone because of it.
    Often a star was waiting for you to notice it. A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past, or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing. All this was mission. But could you accomplish it? (Rilke)

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    cynical-check
    negative-check
    mean spirited-check
    crass-check

    What can i say, i'm moody and it takes being harsh to deal w/the thinker types sometimes...especially those who presume you won't respond and assume you'll take all their shit. But all in all, this doesn't last. I have my momentarily bitchy outbursts, poor sw can attest lol But otherwise i'm genuine at heart, caring, empathetic and optimistic like no other.
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    I find that even the slightest criticism or disagreement can send my fragile optimism into an irrecoverable pessimism. It's like bursting a bubble. Then I'm back to my sarcastic, skeptical self again. I find this happens a lot when I try to 'force' my ideas on other people. If I don't concern myself with trying to force it, I can remain much more peaceful.

    I also find that I really start to hate people for hating each other. That doesn't make very much sense, does it? But it does to me.
    "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see."
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