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Sunday, 1 February 2009

A Matter to Ponder

When did magicians become such cynics?


Monsignor Scott Rassbach said...

Not me. I'm still amazed by the wonder of it all.

jase said...

Who is cynical about what?

I'm cynical about this post. :)

Just kidding. But I am curious what prompted this post.

Dean Wilson said...

That is great to see, Scott :D

Jase, the initial instigator of this was the following thread:


However, it's a trend I've noted over many years, on various subjects, both online and in real life.

Cynicism is a noose to creativity and progress.


Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

Magic is not what made me a cynic; becoming a manager of a business did.

jase said...

Thanks for the link, I haven't visited there in a while.

Rather than cynical, the word that comes to my mind is "silly."

Magic rigged the election? One person/group could override an entire country's collective hopes, dreams and fears? ... Isn't that akin to putting a few drops of food coloring into the sea, and hoping the whole body of water changes color?

As I think about the posts, I see where there is cynicism involve. However, this just seemed like another place for people who are dissatisfied/disillusioned with the status quo to vent.

I think they'd be cynical whether or not they practiced magic.

If there is a negative trend, I'd go more towards apathy than cynicism. Or maybe both; it depends on the issue.

But it's true that a lot of society thrives on negativity. For example, the media overexposure to the foibles of popular celebrities; and the trashier the celb, or the worse their situation, the more we see about it.

Great, Dean. Now I feel cynical! :)

suecae_disco said...

I can be a cynic. But as a personal stance on how I actually want to view the world I try to "train myself" not to be. There is wonders amongst the misery. And I think that we, just being human beings, have the potential to act as a positive current in our societies.