CYNICISM

CYNICISM

“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say NO. But saying “YES” begins things. Saying “YES” is how things grow. Saying “YES” leads to knowledge. “YES” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “YES.”   ― Stephen Colbert

 

In an entry from January of 1882 under the heading Sanctus Januarius, Frederich Nietzsche writes:

For the New Year—I still live, I still think; I must still live, for I must still think. Sum, ergo cogito: cogito, ergo sum. To-day everyone takes the liberty of expressing his wish and his favorite thought: well, I also mean to tell what I have wished for myself today, and what thought first crossed my mind this year,—a thought which ought to be the basis, the pledge and the sweetening of all my future life! I want more and more to perceive the necessary characters in things as the beautiful:—I shall thus be one of those who beautify things. Amor fati: let that henceforth be my love! I do not want to wage war with the ugly. I do not want to accuse, I do not want even to accuse the accusers. Looking aside, let that be my sole negation! And all in all, to sum up: I wish to be at any time hereafter only a YEA-SAYER!

 

Definition of cynic

1 : a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest

2 capitalized : an adherent of an ancient Greek school of philosophers who held the view that virtue is the only good and that its essence lies in self-control and independence

 

The three power words of the English language

YES, NO, and WOW (Wonder of Wonders).

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/the-three-powers-words-of-the-english-language/

 

There is a function of YES that I didn’t include in “The three power words of the English language”.

 

That is the concept of THE FIRST YES.

THE FIRST YES is the agreeing to fully investigate something.

But saying “YES” begins things. Saying “YES” is how things grow. Saying “YES” leads to knowledge. ― Stephen Colbert

THE SECOND YES means I want that in my life.

This is how you fully investigate something (THE FIRST YES):

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/consider/

 

Young’s Literal Translation

Matthew 5:25-26  `Be agreeing with thy opponent quickly, while thou art in the way with him, that the opponent may not deliver thee to the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and to prison thou mayest be cast, verily I say to thee, thou mayest not come forth thence till that thou mayest pay the last farthing.

 

Agreeing  εὐνόεω  (eunoeō) Greek – From a compound of εὖ and νοῦς; to be well minded, that is, reconcile: – agree.

 

εὖ (eu) Neuter of a primary word εὖς eus (good); (adverbially) well: – good, well (done).

νοῦς (nous) Probably from the base of γινώσκω; the intellect, that is, mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication meaning: – mind, understanding.

 

γινώσκω (ginōskō) A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed): – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

 

Opponent  ἀντίδικος (antidikos) From ἀντί and δίκη; an opponent (in a lawsuit); specifically Satan (as the arch enemy): – ADVERSARY.

ἀντί (anti) A primary particle; opposite, that is, instead or because of (rarely in addition to): – for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.

δίκη (dikē) Probably from deiknuō (dike-noo’-o; to show (literally or figuratively); right (as self-evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution): – judgment, punish, vengeance.

This concept of having an ADVERSARY is not only about other people, but also includes attitudes, beliefs, and thoughts inside of us that cause us to take an adversarial position in our life.

adversarial 

involving or characterized by conflict or opposition.

“industry and government had an adversarial relationship”

opposed; hostile.

“the reviewer’s presumed adversarial relationship to his subject”

LAW

(of a trial or legal procedure) in which the parties in a dispute have the responsibility for finding and presenting evidence.

“equality between prosecution and defense is essential in an adversarial system of justice”

 

So, we get a position in our life characterized by conflict or opposition.

 

What did Jesus say we should do with this adversarial position? Be agreeing (reconcile or settle) with thy opponent (adversary) quickly. Now agreeing does not mean that you just roll over and say “I give up”. It is THE FIRST YES the agreeing to fully investigate something. The end of the process is coming to a settlement with the adversarial position in our life.

This is an acceptance and a willingness to coexist with the adversarial position in our life.