Are you a Skeptic or a Cynic?

August 1, 2010 § 4 Comments

The next time you are about to call something a load of crap, ask yourself this question. Are you being a skeptic or just a cynic? There is a difference. Yes, there is an overlap many times with a lot of people. Just because something doesn’t fit your preconceived notion of how the world works, doesn’t make it wrong. And, just because a person believes something different from you, does not mean that there is nothing you have in common.  Let’s look at some definitions:


Function: noun
Date: 1646
1 : an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object
2 a : the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain b : the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism characteristic of skeptics
3 : doubt concerning basic religious principles (as immortality, providence, and revelation)
synonyms see uncertainty

“skepticism.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010.

Function: adjective
Date: 1542

1 : captious, peevish
2 : having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic: as a : contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives b : based on or reflecting a belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest


synonyms cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity . misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society misanthropic artist>. pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life .

“cynical.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010.

I was a cynic most of my life. It was just the way I was raised. My Parents, my older brother, the media even many of my teachers warned me that everyone was out to take advantage of me.  At a young age it was drilled into me. My name PJ got transformed into Pigeon whenever my brother thought I was being gullible. When I had a few bad experiences with friends betraying my trust, that sealed the deal. I assumed that my family was right and everyone was out for themselves and I became a cynic.

It is a horrible lonely way to live your life. It is completely fear based and has absolutely no merit. My transformation from a cynic to a skeptic has opened my eyes to a whole world of possibilities. A world with less anger fear and greed.

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” Siddhartha

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”-Siddhartha

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”-Yoda (sense of humor check)

After spending a few hours on the internet or watching the news, I know it is hard not to become a little jaded I am just saying don’t let it change who you are. Remember, the people screaming the loudest are the crazy ones.


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