When you were small, you didn’t say, “I hope I become bitter, angry, and judgmental just like aunt Gertrude.”

So how does a child full of life and wonder become years and decades later a bitter and cynical person?

What is cynicism? It’s an attitude of distrust toward claimed ethical and social values and a rejection of the need to be socially involved. It is pessimistic in regards to the capacity of human beings to make correct ethical choices. In short—we believe that people are only out for themselves, and that people are not good.

Here’s how cynicism and bitterness take root in our lives:
  • One failed relationship after another, lies and betrayal bring us to the point where no person can be trusted.
  • One obstacle after another in trying to make a positive change in a community or a business sending us to the ropes time after time. We get knocked down enough that we decide to live by the mantra, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
  • You see the worst of people day in and day out—their shattered homelife, their addiction, the violence, the perceived laziness—and you decide not to believe the best in anyone anymore.
  • You’ve been told no and that won’t work so many times you begin to believe it’s true.
The world can be depressing. The people around us can be disheartening. It is a horrible realization when you feel yourself beginning to align with the feelings and actions of others.
This series is all about the things that seemingly come out of nowhere… Unexpected.
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