All Blog Posts Tagged 'cynicism' (4)

There should be more complacency.

The perfect situation

A Muslim and an atheist are seated in two chairs, playing chess before a fireplace, drinking tea and whisky and smoking a cigar and water pipe.

- Say, Mohammad, this praying thing of yours—it’s just for laughs, isn’t it? Just admit it: no one really believes all that crap.

- Why, Sir, whilst I feel an amount of indignation at your blatant condescension, I cannot but concede that intellectual honesty coerces me into acquiescing… Continue

Added by Tom Pandelaere on January 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Misanthropy is good for you.

‘A Misanthropist’s Miscellany’ was the title of a cycle of 100 grotesque poems which I wrote nearly 15 years ago. If that says anything, it has to be: I am a misanthropist and always have been. Now, this ought never to have posed a problem, had it not been for the fact that misanthropy is generally considered a bad thing.

Yet rest assured: there gapes a gargantuan ghyll betwixt being antisocial and being anti-societal. For instance:

1. I do not like going to… Continue

Added by Tom Pandelaere on January 9, 2010 at 12:38pm — 4 Comments

Shy Atheists, Bashful Skeptics

I am sure you know or have met somebody who thinks like this. You may, in fact, be one of these people I'm about to describe. If you are, I strongly urge you to consider what I'm about to say.

You're an atheist, but you feel that too many hard-nosed vitriolic cynics have given the label a bad name so now you refuse to refer to yourself as what you truly are. And yet. Yet, you could always make an effort to proudly assert that yes, you are an atheist but that you're willing to discuss… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 9:23am — 4 Comments


I am a cynic in the sense that I think that people intrinsically have underlying selfish motives whether they be conscious or unconscious. I have doubts in pure altruism, meaning that I think that most if not all acts have a selfish motive. While some acts may have been acted on in the interest of another, I doubt that those acts do not also have a selfish motive. To me, this can even be the "good" feeling you get from helping another. People will argue that when they perform such an act (which… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on October 6, 2008 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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