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Old 05-22-2008, 02:59 PM
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Cynic or Sucker?

In a recent conversation with a friend who had been taken advantage of by a retailer, I pointed out he should be more cynical. I was surprised when he replied he'd rather be taken advantage of than be cynical.

I have carefully cultivated my cynicism, and take great pride in both it's height and girth. It never occurred to me someone might feel the same way about gullibility.

How about yourself? Would you rather be cynical or gullible?
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:33 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

I'd rather be smart; well-informed.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:00 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

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Originally Posted by JD Spears View Post
Hi! Still learning my way around. Can anybody tell me how to post a new thread?
Thanks, JD
See, if you bite on this one you are gullible.

Guess which I'd rather be.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:16 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

I did wonder about that one ant. How do you post a new thread to ask how to post a new thread??? But, I figured there was some subtlety to the question that I was missing.
For my part, I've begun to try to get a lot more easy going over the last 5 years or so. If it's some situation where I stand to loose big then I let the old cynic creep back in.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:33 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

Good question Doug, especially nowadays.
I have always been a cynic, my wife on the other hand is an eternal optimist, but it all seems to balance out. I guess it all depends on how you where brought up.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:31 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

I think I can understand how your friend is thinking about the situation.

Many years ago, I started to become cynical in my dealings with "people in general", after being "burned" by believing some promises given to me by people who subsequently did not live up to their word. I found that not trusting people made me even unhappier than I was when I found that someone had disappointed me/ lied to me. Believing that people "in general" did NOT have good intentions made me unhappy every day - even when the people around me were being nice, honest, trustworthy, and honorable -- because I kept thinking about protecting myself against their possible misdeeds, and possible future breaks of trust.

I have since gone back to believing that all people are basically good, and that I will find occasionally that people betray my trust, lie to me, cheat me or otherwise disappoint or hurt me. When it happens, I feel bad; but the rest of the time I can feel good (which is most of the time) because I am surrounded by friends, neighbors, strangers who are basically nice, honest folks - until proven otherwise. Now, all of my years of living has also helped me spot lies, false/exaggerated claims, etc. sooner, so I am not anyone's patsy, but I am also open to helping a person whose hard-luck story sounds legitimate, and believing SOME of the ads that I read/watch.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:36 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

A pessimist is an informed optimist.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:44 PM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

CJ's POV is (I believe) similar to my friends.

Ant's reply was to a post I moved to a thread of its own, so it lost context. In retrospect it is a bit funny, seeming to start a thread asking how to start a thread, but that was all on me, not on the person asking for help.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:58 AM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

By nature and by experience I'm a cynic, however I try to be phlegmatic about it.

In general I try to keep my cynicism in check, reserving it only for when dealing with salesmen, insurance companies, builders, and anyone else with proven track records of insincerity.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:16 AM
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Re: Cynic or Sucker?

Depends where you live whether you can afford to be gullible, or would prefer cynicism
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