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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Antithesis of Cynicism

What do you look back on as the happiest days of your life? Were they really that good? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1635).

All I know is that I am very happy now. The question can be asked however, are the days now really that good?

This morning I arose early and went to the blood lab because my regularly scheduled doctor's appointment is next Wednesday. The general elections were yesterday and the results are in.  There was a gathering of about eight people waiting for the doors to open at 6 AM.   The cynicism of the people there – even those whose candidates won – was an eye-opener. They sarcastically ridiculed even their own winning candidates. One lady worked at a high school. She just shook her head and said that people have no idea how it is in high schools these days. Profanity fills normal discourse and respect of students even for each other is lacking. Parents blame the schools.  It is apparent that hope is not the opposite of cynicism. The opposite of cynicism is character. It's a foreboding thing that character seems to be disintegrating within a diseased culture. There is plenty of blame to go around for our present crisis; but we should start with ourselves, our home and work, and ask what character is being expressed there?  Is there an environment of truth and humility...or is falsehood and arrogance predominant?

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