Just had this great thought by Monk
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<Monk> I think you have idealism and optimism/naivity mixed up.
<Monk> People become more cynical with age because they become less optimistic and less naive, I believe.
<Monk> You can be idealisty your entire life but few people will KNOW if you are unless you have the public eye or really work at it.
<Monk> And those people are the ones like Carter who work for peace or even Castro who stuck with his ideals and now has a country with something like a 99% literacy rate.
<Monk> You could even say that Hitler was idealistic and followed his ideals to the bitter end.
<Monk> It's the loss of optimism that I see leading towards cynicism. You can be idealistic but also cynical and pessimistic.
<Monk> i.e. you've worked at trying to change the world and still WANT to but perhaps you've seen how "the system" works and no longer have as many viable avenues to try--though you do what you can.
<Monk> My thoughts, at least.
<Monk> I'm too lazy to log in the forms.
<Monk> And the forums, too.
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Also great idea of my reference at bottom of this page(the poem by Ken Nordine) http://www.pipeline.com/~dada3zen/HOW.htm