Skeptics, Cynics, Patriots, Pecksniffian Bums

Have you found that your sense of your own patriotism has felt...compromised? It's so easy to fall into that pit.

But I tell you:  do not cave.

I was asked if I could, given our ongoing tip of the hat to fascism, celebrate our nation now. 

I said, More than ever...must never allow any cynic's nihilism ownership of my patriotism.

Do not ever allow cynics to own yours.

Because you know the difference between a cynic and a skeptic:  a skeptic questions nearly all she sees and hears because she thinks everything, good and evil, is always possible so a skeptic acts whenever possible to bring about Justice.

And yet a cynic believes that nothing good is ever really possible, that the fix is in,  and, with unending noxious smirking calls his cynicism realism to fig-leaf sitting on his inert pecksniffian bum.

Be a skeptic.


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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 20, 2017 at 5:19am

Good weekend to all.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 20, 2017 at 5:59am

Cynicism doesn't have to be global. Some fixes are in. That doesn't make us helpless. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 20, 2017 at 6:16am

Over time, no fixes are in unless inaction rules.

Comment by Boanerges on October 20, 2017 at 8:08am

Yeh, I'm sick and tired of hearing right-wing propaganda against the so-called "antifa" movement. I much prefer the "punch a Nazi in the nose" movement that appears to be gaining traction. I'm not cynical, not even skeptical: Just pissed right off.

These are the faces of the antifacists that I grew up admiring. Canadians (the only all-volunteer army on either side) approaching Juno Beach, June 6, 1944. They didn't quit until the job was done nearly two years later. The Nazis hated them.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 20, 2017 at 9:26am

:)   yes   :)

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 9:56am

Will have to have L read this because I suspect everything and she calls me a cynic.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 11:00am

Part of the reason I hang out in Our Salon is that it broadens my experience. I had never seen the adjective, Pecksniffian, for example, coined from a Dickens character. I once worked with a man so obese that he fell asleep talking to you. We worked nights and I thought he just wasn’t sleeping enough. In medical school I found that he had an acid base problem and the whole picture was called Pickwickian syndrome after another Dikens charachter.

Dickens was not just one of the best crafters of English prose, he was a people watcher, a student of human character.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 20, 2017 at 10:17pm

Great dichotomy and contrast....

Helps sharpen rhetorical skills when aptly applied....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 21, 2017 at 2:58am

: thanks, friends   :

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 21, 2017 at 3:02am
pecksniffian  ... pretending to or affecting moral principles (when none are at the cynic who claims a higher moral ground or a keener sense of realism and is, at bottom, plain lazy).


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