"Some people think it is smart and sophisticated to be cynical. We see a lot of this in the world today. But I
don't buy into it, and I will tell you why.
Do you know anyone with a cynical attitude? I'll bet you do. Cynics believe that people are motivated by
selfishness and they are scornful and contemptuous of anything that looks like virtue or integrity. Cynics
pride themselves in having a "realistic approach" and mock those with a more optimistic view. But have
you ever noticed that cynics more than likely are unhappy people? They are not only unhappy, but they
seem dead to the spiritual values that give life meaning.
I've heard cynics described as failed idealists who commit a kind of intellectual suicide. Now that may
seem extreme, but think about it. Cynics build no bridges, make no discoveries, and expect people to
behave badly. They see no room for improvement, so they abandon hope and in the process, give up
their power to act and bring about change.
Now, our minds are nourished by a continual supply of new ideas, which we then put to work with a
purpose in mind. But if there are no worthwhile new ideas, as the cynic believes, the mind becomes
stagnant. And, a stagnant mind is a danger to its owner and worse than useless to the community at
So, refuse to be influenced by the nay-sayers and cynics in your midst. Hold to your hope and humor,
your ideals and dreams, your compassion and imagination, for it is these things that give life meaning
and bring us all a better world. "