Friday, May 11, 2007

Cynicism: Spiritual Toxin

Jennifer F., newly minted Catholic, has an interesting commentary on cynicism today. I agree with her completely.

Cynicism is poisonous to the soul and destroys intimacy. Jennifer writes:

Not only do you close yourself to the possibility of wonder, selfless goodness, and hope, but you think you're doing so because you're intelligent and world-wise.

All true, but what I've found is that cynicism is also a typical response to fear or insecurity. The cynic isolates himself from others as a defensive measure. People use cynicism as a buffer to keep from being hurt, but in the process, they hold people at arm's length, and they deaden themselves to their own depth of feeling.

Hmmmm. More to think about. I might have to write an update later.
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