There’s this trend I see of late and it’s a fairly disturbing one. I see way too much cynicism on social media, the kind that makes people pull out their claws, bare their fangs and make enemies out of perfectly good friends and acquaintances.
Cynicism seems to rule the roost on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and I wonder what ever happened to the nature of civil discourse? Why is goodness frowned upon? Why do people who post good, happy things have to be treated with snide remarks and sarcasm?
Stephen Colbert says: Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.
The more I see of social media, the more I wonder if this is a world I would ever want to open up for my child one day. A part of me wants to tell those cynics that they don’t constantly have to see the glass as half empty.
It’s okay to take a sip and savour the contents of the glass once in a while.
Would you call yourself a cynic?
How do you deal with cynicism on social media?
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