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#1
Do you find your views getting more cynical as you get older?

I see people sharing social justice petitions and stuff on Facebook and Twitter, and whilst I may care about those issues, I find it hard to care what signing an internet petition or sharing a link will actually do. If you truly care, get out there and do something.

Also I've just been seeing the world as a much more dark place and become disillusioned with politics and change. 4 years ago I was keen to vote and eagerly signed my ballot paper but now I'm not considering even voting next year cos I know whatever happens, my vote is for nothing since the Tories will always win where I live.

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#2
I've found I've gotten a bit less cynical actually. I was one of those teenagers that thought I was so 'edgy' because I read Ayn Rand and thought people were only self-motivated pricks. I've softened a bit as I've matured.
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I've found I've gotten a bit less cynical actually. I was one of those teenagers that thought I was so 'edgy' because I read Ayn Rand and thought people were only self-motivated pricks.

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I've found I've gotten a bit less cynical actually. I was one of those teenagers that thought I was so 'edgy' because I read Ayn Rand and thought people were only self-motivated pricks. I've softened a bit as I've matured.


I used to be super progressive pro-socialism 90% tax rate etc. and whilst I do think taxes like VAT is unfair and a curved income tax (pay more percentage as you earn more) as well as more strigent enforcement of corporation is probably the best thing I'm less like "burn da bankers" "futballers earn 2 much money" dumb left winger views.

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#5
no, I'm not a teenager any more

edit: actually I was never cynical. It's dumb
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#7
i have always been the same way, and the only thing that has changed is that i've come to accept it more
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#12
No. I'm about as optimistic as I was in high school, if not more so. Probably because I have real reason to be optimistic, as opposed to just youthful hope.
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#13
I guess it ebs and flows with most people and where they are in their life.

I used to be very cynical about a lot of things, music in particular, but life in general too.
I wouldn't say I've particularly grown out of some of my cynicism however I would say that as we get older different things matter more and others matter less so our attention can shift, and as a result we see things differently.

As to the OP about voting in the UK, I originally was very keen to vote but I later saw it as a lost cause, even more so because I am Conservative and, living in Scotland, the only two competing parties are Labour and SNP, neither of which I particularly like.
I now see it as choosing the lesser of two evils so Labour will have to do, the less influence SNP has on independence and Scotland in general the better.
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#14
My opinion of the general public has gotten more cynical, but my opinion of the world as a whole and specific individuals has gone up.
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#15
Depends on what area. In politics, I've gotten bored and disenchanted with domestic stuff, and more knowledgeable about international stuff, so to a degree I'm more "cynical" on it, but I think it's just more perceptive than I was as a teenager.

In the day-to-day world, I've found the year abroad experience to be a really weird study in socialising - I've met so many people from so many places and all the interactions have had the same sort of rhythm and content that I feel like by July I'll be able to write an essay on the dynamics of it all. So I've definitely become more cynical about socialising, etc.
#16
yup. Ever since i turned to atheism it seems like the "magic" of all life and creation has turned to useless shit.
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#17
Yes
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I'm more apathetic than cynical, I just couldn't care less about the tumblr social justice gripe.


That's sanity, not apathy.
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#20
no. i've grown more hateful but not cynical. if anything, i put more faith in my friends and my family and even random strangers than i ever did before.
i don't know why i feel so dry
#22
I only get cynical at work
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#23
Not cynical. Just cranky. Fucking punks.
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#24
I had my fair share of cynical views from age 18-21. But now that I've moved and [mostly] gotten away from most things making me cynical I've found a nice balance. I'm able to just not care about things. So now I either don't have any positive or negative views on things, or I'm just whatever (nihilistic) on things.
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Not cynical. Just cranky. Fucking punks.


fuck u old man!
i don't know why i feel so dry
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fuck u old man!

Wow you're no longer that disgusting putrid color. You're just an asshole again.
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#27
No. Less tolerant of bullshit, sure.
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Maybe it's because you're learning that all that socialism left winger crap is just a bunch of illusions to brain wash the younger generation into electing certain politicians so they can become even more powerful and rich.

Some folks become more cynical as they age.

Other folks see the silver lining with more clarity.

ethan_hanus remains stagnantly dim.
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#33
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Maybe it's because you're learning that all that socialism left winger crap is just a bunch of illusions to brain wash the younger generation into electing certain politicians so they can become even more powerful and rich.


Your worldview couldn't be more black-and-white if it was a Chaplin film.
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Maybe it's because you're learning that all that socialism left winger crap is just a bunch of illusions to brain wash the younger generation into electing certain politicians so they can become even more powerful and rich.

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#35
No. More realistic and rational and more beneficial to myself. I wouldn't really call myself a cynicist or an optimist anymore, just kinda seeing stuff how it is at face value or maybe a little bit better than they are if there's no reason not to think that way

lol like i look at someone saying "left winger crap" and just kinda laugh because there's not really any reason not to
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Makes sense

What's truly humorous about Ethan's comment is Phil is one of the more conservative people on UG.
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Location: Texas
Makes sense



OT: I've never been particularly cynical. I just try and hope for the best. I'm not gonna deny that I feel overwhelmed at times, but in general I try and stay positive.
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