In certain quarters, cynicism has a distinct kind of glamour.
心中不抱太大的期望 又声称看透别人的梦想 看起来似乎很强大
It sounds pretty tough not to have too many hopes, and to claim to be able to see through the dreams of others.
Cynics will tell you that everyone is selfish and weak,
that the system is rigged and driven by greed,
会告诉你 你永远不会成功 所以尝试是毫无意义且可鄙的
that you can never succeed, so it’s pointless and contemptible to try,
that all ideals are ridiculous,
and the do-gooders are only out to show off their own supposed virtues.
It’s hopeless to try to disprove cynicism.
There will always be an abundance of vivid examples to back up a catastrophic interpretation of humanity.
但是什么样才是愤世嫉俗的人呢 重要的不是他们说的什么 而是他们为什么这么说
But what identifies people as cynics, is not so much what they claim – as why they do so.
The downbeat assessments are based not on a dispassionate analysis of our species,
but on an inner emotional compulsion.
Their philosophy is, first and foremost, a defense against suffering.
Beneath that gruff surface, cynics are afflicted by a near hysterical fragility,
around the idea of expecting anything, which turns out to be less impressive than they’d hoped.
And so they twist their mental apparatus to secure themselves against the eventuality of any discouragement.
They disappoint themselves before the world can ever do it for them, at a time and in a manner of its own choosing.
Cynics may look like people trying very hard to see the facts as they are,
but in truth, they are trying even harder to insulate themselves against pain.
The origin of their stance is not worldly experience and insight;
it is – rather more poignantly – psychological trauma.
在过去的某个时刻 他们很可能曾心怀希望 却被狠狠地打击了
Somewhere in the past, there would probably have been a blow to their hopes that felt too powerful to handle.
Sadly though cynics don’t give away the slightest clue as to their touching and vulnerable backstories,
they will instead talk stridently about corruption and manipulation,
pile up examples of greed, and profit complex sounding theories about economics.
But what they won’t do, is voluntarily or easily reveal how their father humiliated them when he was drunk,
or how it felt when their mother ran away to another city when they which just five.
The cynic, is never truly and completely cynical.
They are still recovering from hopes that grew too painful to avow.
A natural temptation, when encountering a cynic, is to try to argue them out of their attitude, by citing counter-examples,
but this, is in its own way cruel, because it misunderstands what cynicism is about.
其实这是一种情感保护 实质上 是在压迫条件下养成的一种应对模式
It is an emotional protection. In essence, a mode of coping, learned under conditions of duress.
愤世嫉俗者真正需要 又害怕永远得不到 故而永远不会索取的东西 就是善意
What the cynic really needs, and yet fears they may never get, so naturally never asks for, is kindness.
The kindness that may eventually help them to rekindle their stunted, secret desires, for hope, and fulfillment.