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Skepticism vs cynicism

Posted on: February 7, 2020

 
There is a line that divides skepticism from cynicism. It was succinctly captured in this tweet.

A skeptic is critical desires change to be meaningful and powerful. A cynic is likes the sound of their own voice.

A skeptic fact-checks. A cynic checks progress.

A skeptic often asks hard and new questions. A cynic often relies on easy and tired answers.

A skeptic is a model for learning. A cynic muddles in ignorance.

Both are not easy to work with, but one is worth having around. The problem is: Some people cannot tell the difference.

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