Cynicism Exercise



01- “Luck doesn’t exist…it is our own doing that brings us the good or bad things we receive”

-So how then do I influence the action of buying the right Lottery ticket number?

02- “Everything happens for a reason and is an opportunity to improve ourselves in the future”

-Should I tell that to the Jewish men and women that spent several years in concentration camps just to die there after so many tribulations?

-The early death of my child allowed me to learn the deep meanings of life, but how can I tell my child “you had to die so I could learn”

03- “We master our own universe, we are in control and it depends on us how we perceive our reality and how we control it”

-Then the earthquake came and we lost our house and all our possessions.

04- “I choose to be in love with everything and everyone; I love my surroundings and all that is part of it; I see the beauty in all the things and people that are part of this wonderful world”

-Including that wonderful being that happily went on driving after several drinks and run over my child.

    I’ve been lucky enough not to loose a child; I been lucky enough not to be in a concentration camp; I’ve been lucky enough not even to win the lottery (which I don’t play). Yes, I’ve been lucky enough…but I’m not blind, and even though I love life, nature, and I do believe there is goodness in people, sometimes when looking around I can’t stop being a cynic for a moment!

    A cynicism exercise…to dust off this human capability that protects us from our own, sometimes innocent blindness.

    I’m not feeling down or disappointed, I just want to experience the full range of human feelings, at the same time that I taste a bit of reality, so my feet can remain on the ground.


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2 Responses to Cynicism Exercise

  1. Solita says:

    Hola Tio! What perfect timing to read your post! I believe in luck. I am so very lucky that nothing ultra horrible has happened to me and that my loved ones are near. Some people have bad luck. Some have really, really bad luck. But to ascribe a meaning to all the bad luck that happens in this world, or to look at the world trhough rose colored glasses is to me ignorant and a little dangerous. It is ok to make good out of bad and to have a positive outlook but when do “coping” strategies turn into “head buried in the sand” strategies?

    Raul Reply:

    Hi Solita,

    Yes, there are many things in life and many situations that fall away from our control. A positive mentality is great, but as you said, a head buried in the sand in order to retain happiness by force can become even more dangerous that learning to cope with reality.

    Thank you for your insight :)

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