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  •  This piece is written quite well, so I will (6+ / 0-)

    assume that you are an intelligent person. I understand the point you were trying to make, it is just unfortunate, IMHO, that you chose to make it in such a negative way. The piece has a bitterness to it that is unmistakable.

    These ideas, "An idealist is someone who wants to end human suffering. A humanist is someone who wants to help suffering humans.", are quite interesting and you would probably have reached more readers if you approached these ideas in a more constructive tone. I understand life is not all rainbows and posies, but I wish you more of them in your life. Best wishes.

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

    by helpImdrowning on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 06:42:24 PM PDT

    •  A cynic is a disappointed idealist (2+ / 0-)
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      helpImdrowning, Dragon5616

      Though this is a jaundiced view, one can still be effective, although the hopelessness and the doom of self-fulfilling prophecy and lowered expectations become apparent at some point to others. At which point one's efforts are shallow, self-focused, and negative in effect on those who are struggling.

      •  I didn't read this as cynical. (2+ / 0-)
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        marina, nickrud

        The diarist was describing the disillusionment most people go through at some point in their lives, and how to come out of that and into a more realistic and more satisfying place. We can't end world hunger but we can volunteer at the soup kitchen.

        "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

        by Dragon5616 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:28:40 PM PDT

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