In my Economics book, at the beginning of every chapter, a quotation was printed. I read a quote in that book, and noted it down in my diary. I will be discussing it today in my blog post.
So, what does the word Cynic means, and who is a cynic man?
CYNIC, (noun): A person who has negative opinions about other people and about the things people do; especially : a person who believes that people are selfish and are only interested in helping themselves.
This is the simplest definition of the word, “cynic”, that I found online. To me not all people are selfish, some people do want to help others. They find comfort in helping humanity. While some are just self-centered, and only care about their goals and motives. As I wrote in one of my earlier posts, it’s about intentions. If a person is self-concerned, he might find others the same way. And a person who is kind, might think that all are generous. Some are kind, but not believe that others are kind too, due to an experience in the past. I am not a psychologist, all these views are primarily my own and not associated with any research.
Even if someone is interested in helping themselves only, like people say about governments, we can’t take it as an excuse for our own behavior. If the governments, or any institutions aren’t fulfilling our desired expectations, we should take measures ourselves. A good example of such measures is non-profitable organizations, who help the needy. A cynical person might also find them attention seeking.
Another easy example, to explain my point is of an educational institution, where the students cheat, and blame the teachers for not teaching them. If the teachers weren’t teaching them, they would’ve complained to the authorities, and if the authorities didn’t pay any heed to their complaints, they can always form study groups to help the students.
A person who thinks that loyalty and happiness can be bought, will never be able to value any feeling or any person. At the end of the day, the best way is to ignore people with diseased mentality. Success comes to those who help others and help themselves, in the best possible and moralistic ways.