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 CYNICISM / CONSPIRACISM

Once I thought people could be trusted, had good intentions, were caring, decent, honorable--I now know better.  Humans beings, I believe, are self serving and canít be trusted to do good. Those who profess to be altruistic are deluded, not seeing misguided self interest for what it is. Most are lazy, mean, corrupt, and immoral--hypocrites, too stupid to see themselves as such.  I was once more accepting and forgiving, now I am critical--sneering at, and finding fault with, much of what people do and say. (Note: Some cynics compound their suspicions of peopleís motives into imagining that a few individuals with their own hidden agenda are conspiring to infiltrate key institutions, manipulate events and shape outcomes to their liking. They link many societal problems to this belief in conspiracism.)