Cynicism v Skepticism

This follows on from are-you-cynical-you-suck-its-official/#comment-8 (vide ante. Thanks Charlie!)

Take Al Gore, for our purposes, a perfect example, but for him, an unfortunate situation to be in. Poor Al.

Al Gore is under fire because his leccy bill was US$30,000 in one year. I think we can all agree that this is on the high side (even for an American :p). This “story” was leaked the day after poor Al won an Oscar for his film about global warming. Ironically and amusingly, this is, and the film is called, An Inconvenient Truth.

So let us examine this, as one might, through skeptical spectacles. As a skeptic, you may not believe in global warming, or you may not believe that you can do anything to stop global warming. You doubt the science of it. The truthfulness of it. For the skeptic, all is not lost, they only require evidence, reason, they acknowledge that it is a problem of belief.

As a cynic, you call Al Gore a hypocrite, denounce him as a liar and proclaim that he’s a fraud and everything that he says is horse manure. As a cynic, you cannot believe in anything good, you cannot accept that anyone could do anything good. For the cynic, all is lost, their perspective is not completely at odds with the truth, there is some validity to the view that Al Gore has behaved hypocritically. However the problem for the cynic, is that he doesn’t stop there, his cynicism eats at everything he sees, and the world appears to be a sad and wicked place.

Pity the poor fool.

I’m ending this here because I have something more fun to write about.


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