Good Bye Cynicism. You Were Cool While You Lasted.
The origins of the cynics date back to the ancient Greeks. If cynicism can be called a philosophy, and many people argue it has a Socratic lineage, its acceptance definitely fluctuated through history.
But cynicism really found its footing in the 20th century. The Depression, wars, massive weapons, fascism. It seemed the human race was doomed. And there were many times, especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s, that a positive outlook would have appeared quite insane and misinformed.
Cynics are generally people who believe the worst is coming, or that people are generally acting out of self-interest rather than altruism. It’s an easy belief system to adhere to. You just always expect the worst and most devious out of people, and a good portion of the time, you are correct.
We’ve seen this philosophy played out so much in popular art, movies and music, that it has now become cliché.
The Guillotine was once the product of revolutionary times. Invented during the 18th century in France, it was a faster, more humane and painless way to kill people. The neck-chopping device was used for centuries, until Europe said, “That’s enough. This idea was once revolutionary, but now it is just sad.”
Here is the rub. With hyper-linked communications devices such as wireless phones, and the internet, all ideas can become ubiquitous in a matter of days. Words and thoughts can be in front of most people in the world in moments.
Tragically, this means all new ideas, no matter how life-changing, bold, and powerful, will soon be cliche’s.
Birth of the idea, ubiquitous-ness, cliché, obsolescence, then death. It’s the life cycle of all future thoughts.
I guess I can wrap this up with a little cynicism of my own.
One day, your powerful ideas may be cliché. They will permeate the globe via the internet, everyone will know them, discuss them, be impacted by them, then they will become bored by them and forget them. And this cycle will be rapid.
The goal is to skip being heard and aim directly to become cliché.
Cliché means the idea has become so ubiquitous, it is standard. It is boring. We could all hope to become cliché.
Once your ideas are cliché, only then have you made it, because you have become firmly embedded into the subconscious minds of the masses.
We can now forget you, just like the Guillotine.