cynical adj. (pronounced sĭn'ĭ-kəl)
1. Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others: a cynical dismissal of the politician's promise to reform the campaign finance system.
2. Selfishly or callously calculating: showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.
3. Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness: a cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.
4. Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity: cynical laughter.
People have had the opinion that I an a cynical person. I came across this test (not that I trust the reliability or the logic behind it) and took it to see how cynical I am. It just reiterated what I say to all the people calling me cynical.
The result :
You Are 60% Cynical
Yes, you are cynical, but more than anything, you're a realist.
You see what's screwed up in the world, but you also take time to remember what's right.
Take the test. Feel free to compare scores.
The benefit of being cynical / realist is you are not startled by most things and can generally react or not react at all. You in fact don't believe the stories they want us to believe.
Many things like politicians and their scams.And the fact that they will not go scot free after everything.Involvement of business houses, journalists and other such people who we generally believe to be honest in such scams.
Our democracy. Requires a separate post, though i guess everyone knows what a sham it is.
Pamela Anderson in India and Bigg Boss. She says she is here to create awareness about, uh, umm, something, clean water or what not and her assets just get her the required attention. (And of course, INR 2.5 Cr for a 3 day stay. Someone said silicone has better ROI than gold!!) or that Anna Nicole Smith married for love!
Saina Nehwal is a global superstar – come on, she plays a sport played in 5 countries and gets thrashed by the Chinese).
Reality shows are real.
Amir Khan is a superstar, Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Robot, My Name is Khan made the kind of money they claim they did.
Love is all conquering,selfless and blah blah.
Performance is awarded.
The downside is, in my line of work, a realistic projection is not always welcome.