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May 14, 2005

We are above it all

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. Peggy Noonan, in Good Housekeeping

It is a hallmark these days of those with a bit of education to be cynical about everything. Cynicism, it seems, is really the only transcendent value. To be cynical allows one to be above it all--to be able to criticize but not become involved. To not really join in the fray. It is sad, but true, that many of those I am with on a daily basis seem to live their lives from one cynical thought to another. I am not above it, unfortunately, I can become cynical myself. However, I wonder if is time that we all just become a little less cool; a little more involved; a little more emotionally committed; a little more passionate. Perhaps cynicism is really a wall that we have built up against post-modernity. A wall that needs a few good whacks to come tumbling down.

Posted by Mark at May 14, 2005 09:27 PM

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as citizens of the United States, it is our sacred duty to question our leaders. Jefferson called for a revolution EVERY 10 years to keep his government in line!

tolerance and intolerance aren't SO different, but one permits failure. and if you're saying we're supposed to just sit back and let our coke head president with his hands dripped in oil and blood ruin the good name of Jesus, you are obviously either A) not paying attention B) brainwashed or C) stupid.

btw, I'm an animist; but Jesus was a peace monger (unless you look up Mark 10:34), and one of my heroes.

Posted by: nic at February 11, 2007 02:00 PM