Cynicism and Fear

Caitlin Moran via Brain Pickings

When cynicism becomes the default language, playfulness and invention become impossible. Cynicism scours through a culture like bleach, wiping out millions of small, seedling ideas. Cynicism means your automatic answer becomes “No.” Cynicism means you presume everything will end in disappointment.

And this is, ultimately, why anyone becomes cynical. Because they are scared of disappointment. Because they are scared someone will take advantage of them. Because they are fearful their innocence will be used against them — that when they run around gleefully trying to cram the whole world in their mouth, someone will try to poison them.

She is right on point(emphasis mine). We all start at the same end trusting everyone around us, believing only in good but our experiences moves us along to the far right making the cynic question every motive and look for ways that people can hurt us. The time I spend on this activity is all consuming depriving me of enjoying life. The question is how do you bring someone back.