Cynicism is a school of philosophy that wasn't actually cynical.

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care to elaborate ? I like your answer...

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Yes, quite beautiful in its origins.

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Cynicism was the basis for Stoicism. It says that rational living creates happiness and that to be happy a person must rid themselves of all desire for fame, wealth, power and possessions and live as close to nature as possible eshewing even social conventions and customs.

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would you say that in that respect, it is very close to Buddhism if you remove all the reincarnation bullcrap ?

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that was exactly my thought, ScioNescio. see? I knew why I was watching this one! :)

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Yeah, so is Stoicism.

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Except you won't find Buddhists screwing in the street in full view of everyone and walking around naked. XD

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Modern cynicism is a failing in almost the same way that romanticism is a failing - they are almost polar opposites. The people who become the real actors in the world have to think beyond cynicism, and find the more challenging path of working constructively with what exists.

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I've no idea, just came in to check on the other answers :)

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thank you very much for your input... detention will be at 3.20... :-P

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detention can kiss my... wait, who else is on detention?

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uh, "only you..." ? *tune of the song* :-P

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...can make this world seem riiiiight...
only youuuuu,
can make the darkness briiiiight...
I think I'll pass on the detention :D

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of course, if it is in the range of human emotion, it is humanism

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