Heck, I've even been a member of the Optimist Club. Although I haven't made it much at all since becoming a father. They meet early morning, and my wife usually appreciates me spending that time at home. Whether getting ready for the day with the girls, or just hangin' out.
There are things that I get cynical about. If you know me, you probably know the specific things. But I think even the things that get me the most cynical, I don't run from or refuse to participate in/have dialogue with. I think that's where a cynic becomes unhealthy, and there is the danger of a "hermit" type existence. (I realize this whole paragraph is annoyingly vague)
So in a day and time where many of us are natural cynics, how do we continue to participate in many of the sources of our cynicism? (school systems, economy, government, religion, etc.)
I think a whole lot of what Jesus was talking about.
Love, grace, mercy, HUMILITY, etc...
There are places for incredibly relevant thoughts, and new ideas, and words that offer life. Words that bring Truth, Justice, and communicate God's Love/Hope for the world.
But how/when we offer those words may be important too. Maybe it means we spend more time working on our method of delivery, taking into mind how Christ delivered His own message to us.
Not sure what all of this means. But I've got a lifetime to practice.