If someone called you a cynic, would you take it as a compliment or a criticism?
Let’s just say there was a war between good and evil — evil being Cynicism and good being, well, the opposite of cynicism. I think we all know that Cynicism would score an easy win.
But then, at the awards ceremony during its victory speech, Cynicism would take the black villain’s mask off and everyone would see that it’s not really evil, it’s just misunderstood.
Though “cynical” does imply a sneering disbelief in integrity, a cynic isn’t necessarily a pessimist or a misanthrope. Or jaded. Can’t you just hear Cynicism saying, “I want to believe people are inherently good…I really want to”?