6 thoughts on “A George Carlin quote

  1. Cynicism is often attributed to age, where the ideals or beliefs of our youth have been watered down or obliterated through experience, so in that respect I guess there is some truth in this quote.

    Experience has certainly taught me that it’s sometimes hard not to be cynical.

    1. Yes, I think we have become cynical, instead of finding understanding.

      Although it’s right we question someone or something if we don’t understand or agree, we tend not to believe what we’re told unless it’s something we have thought of.

      But I do think there is an element of truth in what you say also. With each passing generation, ideals or beliefs do seem to have been watered down and ignored in some respects.

      I also think cynicism used to be attributed to age, but not anymore. The world has changed and with it people have changed too.

  2. I know I tend to be sarcastic and cynical about life seeing as I have seen a lot of very good things happen to very bad people, when at the same time a lot of very bad things happen to very good people.

    Kind of hard to not be disillusioned by the realities of life when things happen, like my daughter ending up with cerebral palsy and I have been very healthy.

    I would have traded places with her in an instant, but things don’t work that way and she had a mother who was pretty much useless as far as trying to push her to achieve her potential.

    There were a lot of things that she would have been able to do with the right equipment, but her mother was focused more on her own needs, so now my daughter has to learn these life skills for herself at 28.

    1. Yes, I get that Randy. I could say the same thing for myself and we’d both be right, but it would get us nowhere.

      Life seems to go like that, but we can’t always know the full picture of people’s lives to form an opinion.

      All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and learn to be less cynical. We all need to come together more.

  3. Nestled between cynicism and wishful thinking is hope lying dormant until we organize ourselves to make this world a better place.

    Or perhaps it’s our destiny to be where we are.

    1. Thanks Tim. It is only our destiny if we choose not to do anything to make the world a better place.

      We can because we have free will to do that, but we can’t do it without working together and taking the ego out of the equation, because having an ego is usually associated with arrogance and that goes against how we’re supposed to behave.

      Through the ego we’re not always willing to look at other ideas or concepts because we have already made up our minds, so in effect less likely to be open-minded and helpful.

      But when we become rooted in the truth of who we are away from the ego, we define ourselves ‘in the whole’ instead of relying on our ego to lead the way.

      When we take the ego out of the equation we also have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our lives and each other.

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