Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Not A Badge Of Honor

We have to come to the realization that cynicism is bad, that it's destructive, that it's pernicious and that it destroys. We have to come to the realization that uncontrolled habitual cynicism leads people to the belief that nothing in this world is anything, that cynicism is a slippery slope that will plunge you into the abyss. No one should even have the temerity to pride himself on being a big cynic, as though it were a badge of honor.

(Rabbi Yissocher Frand)

5 Comments:

At March 15, 2005 at 7:25:00 PM EST, Blogger TRW said...

Thank you for writing that.

 
At March 17, 2005 at 9:46:00 AM EST, Blogger Stx said...

Wow--So important...

 
At March 23, 2005 at 8:39:00 PM EST, Blogger DovBear said...

What is preferable? To be a cynic? Or to be a gullible fool?

This is a serious question.

 
At January 22, 2007 at 1:35:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What is preferable? To be a cynic? Or to be a gullible fool?"

Reb Nachman in Sichos HaRan (Reb Nachman's Wisdom) answered this. He said it's better to believe everything than nothing because eventually you will come to realize the "emes".

 
At January 22, 2007 at 5:10:00 PM EST, Anonymous Yosef said...

Actually, I would paraphrase that quote from R. Nachman a little differently- more like "It's better to be a fool that believes in everything than a cynic who believes in nothing, because at least the "fool" will ALSO believe in the truth.
The cynic in their skepticism can miss the boat entirely G-d forbid.

 

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