CYNICISM VS CURIOSITY

Cynicism lacks the inspiration of Curiosity


The world is full of wonder for those who see it with curiosity. For those who view the world through the lens of cynicism, the world is nothing but a complete sham.

Curiosity anticipates miracles. Cynicism expects disappointment. While the curious will be infinitely optimistic, the cynic will say they are being realistic. The parting point between the two is not just a matter of perspective or orientation, it is a matter of a core belief.

For the cynic, the core belief is to be skeptical about everything because it will eventually be too good to be true. The core belief of the curious can be summed up in Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s words:

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,

— from Aurora Leigh

The core beliefs of the cynic and the curious can be nurtured respectively. You can develop cynicism or foster curiosity. It’s your choice!

A person may have an easier time being cynical or curious. Nature and nurture play their parts. But ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide which they will cultivate in their heart and in their mind. Like a gardener, you decide which seeds to plant, where to plant them, and how we tend to our garden.

I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. 

— Abraham Lincoln

Eventually you receive the fruits of your labors. Or in this case, the fruits or your cynicism or curiosity. Cynicism tastes bitter. Curiosity sweet.

Cynicism decays. Curiosity is evergreen.


Featured photo by Diogo Nunes on Unsplash.


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