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I think we to often make choices based on the safety of cynicism,

and what we’re lead to is a life not fully lived.

Cynicism is fear and it’s worse than fear – it’s active disengagement.

Ken Burns

Cynicism is in some way worse than cancer. It feasts on joy and robs you of a life you don’t even know you were supposed to have. It darkens your soul. It imprisons you and disengages you from lining. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover one day that cynicism is somehow intimately responsible for having cancer spread and ravage our bodies.

We’ve all met a cynic in our lifetime, probably more than our share, and if we are to be really honest, we’ve been one ourselves and yes, there is a deep sense of comfort in it. There is real, tangible and purposeful safety in believing everyone is just a self-serving asshole, that no matter what we try will all go to shit.

Cynicism empowers you to disengage. It gives you permission not to care, to give up, to hide, to live within the safety and comfort of your own square of space, without being pushed and pulled by the forces outside. But thats just fear that is unmitigated and unanswered. It’s a terrible way to live, and a sure way to die with unbelievable regret.

Life is not easy and it gets impossibly dark sometimes, for long periods of time, and with such intensity, but that is not the whole story. It is a script written by us to disengage from living. The truth is that life is not meant to be easy, but if you try you will never be disappointed or find yourself wanting to find meaning in it.

Life is full of meaning. Your life is full of purpose. There is no limit and no end to human imagination. Suffering and mistakes are all a part of living. I don’t know why it is but it is. And you should never seek out the rough seas, that’s a different subject for a different day, but you can’t shelter yourself from them either.

You have to exchange your cynicism for faith and go through.

Get engaged in life. Don’t let your fears drive you away from the life you were mean’t to live. Make your choices based on hope. Life in faith that what you’re going through has tremendous value and meaning.