Cynics believe that nothing ever changes at a fundamental level. By it’s nature, cynicism is a dead end where everything stays the same over time.
Both optimism and pessimism are the opposite of cynicism. Optimists see things getting better over time. Pessimists see the world getting worse over time. They both believe the world changes while cynicism does not.
In that way, cynicism is a helpless ideology because it ignores the world changes.
Read Opt Out of Cynicism by Dimitar Simeonov.
- On being an optimist with anxiety (things are getting better overall, but nervous about what can go wrong)
- On balance, default optimism is rational because it’s helpful even when faked
- Cynicism implies everything is a complete system, but Godel incompleteness proves it never is
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Both skepticism and dogmatism are counter to science. With too much skepticism, nothing can be believed—not even our own senses. With too much dogmatism, the wisdom of crowds is unquestioned and quickly turns into the madness of crowds.