When and how did cynicism prevail?

This morning I’ve been reading lots of discussions of the troubling events of recent days. It seems there are almost as many differing outlooks and interpretations as there are people. But the common factor seems to be the cynicism about one facet or many facets of the situation — or the people involved.

On a blog discussing the proposal of secession in Texas, hardly anybody believed it would or could ever happen, and most of their reasons for their scoffing at the idea was because they implied the people of Texas were not capable of it. There were few commenters who believed secession could happen; one nonbeliever mentioned the Mexican population of Texas — a factor which I blogged so much about for several years, to no avail — but many of the newly-arrived immigrants are politically inert, except for agitating for open borders, by which they arrived.

It appears that many of us lack faith in other Americans — I suppose there is truth in Putnam’s assertion about how diversity makes us ”hunker down” and not associate as much with our disparate neighbors. And nowadays we cannot associate with neighbors because of restrictions. So increasingly we are disconnected socially and mentally from those around us. And it does not always involve ‘diversity’, but our own kinsmen.

Someone in a blog discussion said (paraphrased) that ”boomers” were a hindrance or impediment in our present crisis. The reason cited was that boomers think we still live in the days of an idealized America. But someone answered that the only two Supreme Court Justices who voted the right way in Trump’s Texas case were Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — two ‘Boomers’. I don’t have to remind anyone that the President is a boomer also. I doubt the truthfulness of the idea that boomers are disconnected from reality, in an idealized vision of America. Some people have watched too much television or seen too many warped Hollywood movies that have influenced their idea of the past. The media have been gaslighting people for a long time, and the younger generations were especially targeted. The older generations lived in reality and were not glued to TV. Of the living generations the oldest were the ones who were most ‘realistic’ in their idea of the world. I think that is the natural course of things.

In these blog discussions it’s noticeable that as you go down the generations, the youngest seem the most cynical, expressing scorn or disbelief in a lot of things; they are more apt to disbelieve in what they read. It’s true that the media lie incessantly, sometimes by omission, deliberately not reporting things that don’t fit their leftist/globalist narrative. They also fabricate stories, reporting falsehoods knowingly.

Obviously there is good reason to distrust and avoid the ‘MSM’. But then with some people the disbelief and distrust extends to every source of information and news. I’ve known people whose first reaction to any news that’s unusual or out-of-the-ordinary is to say “I don’t believe it. That can’t be true!’ Nowadays there are a hundred rationales for rejecting whatever one hears or reads. It’s very popular in some circles to believe that actors (such as ”crisis actors”) are everywhere in the media; it’s all showbiz and the blood seen at accident sites is red paint.

Can we imagine our grandparents or even our parents reacting this way, and basically denying the evidence of their senses? It’s become disturbingly common not to believe your eyes and ears or your common sense.

Now it seem hard if not impossible to reach a consensus in discussing a situation because everyone seems to have an idiosyncratic belief to which he or she holds. How do juries ever come to agreement these days? And speaking of legal decisions, I can only wonder how the Supremes came to their abrupt decision, seemingly without much discussion. There must be some idiosyncratic differences, with such a disparate group.

There are, sadly, more people who will say openly that they hate America. There certainly are things to dislike about our country, things to decry and lament — just as there are with the people closest to us, sometimes the people we love who are deeply flawed but yet we love them.

Those who were readers of my old blog may remember that I was a very partisan lover of America. To some people I’d be seen as what they so charmingly call a ”Patriotard”. It’s the sort of name that sounds as if it was coined by a sixth-grader. Whatever; I am capable of seeing the flaws, deep flaws, in my country. I won’t say the flaws in our system are to blame because the Founding Fathers warned us that our system was only designed for a ”moral and religious people,” and when were we last a moral or religious people? We are not anymore. There is an occasional fit of religiosity (which is not always genuine) and as for being moral, given that we can’t even bother with simple civility, how can we claim to be moral, which demands more of us?

I include myself as one of those who don’t live up to the ideals and standards which I say I believe in.

With all its flaws I am still a lover of my country, but above all, of the people, despite all the divisions and disagreements. If so many of us misunderstand or distrust one another, or dislike one another for petty reasons, how can we possibly coexist in the same space?

Because of our disunity we will find that we have to go through so much more turmoil until this situation is resolved. How long that will be, and how it can be resolved — ? That’s yet to be seen.

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