I’ve recently identified myself as a Cynical Optimist, in that even though I look at the world around me and I see a lot of crap, and I tend to criticize everything, I have this inexplicable sense that it’s all going to be okay in the end.
If you’ve seen the South Park episode “Ass Burgers”, and seen the world through Stan’s eyes, it’s a pretty accurate depiction of how I see the world, especially the world of advertising. And the way Stan sees things once he is enabled to “go back into the world as everyone else sees it” is a pretty accurate depiction of how I think everyone else sees the world. I might not agree with everything South Park said about Asperger’s Syndrome, but they have a pretty good handle on how it feels.
And yet, I’m also an optemist. I’m able to wade through this sea of…stuff…that is the stuff that the whole rest of the world thinks is awesome, and press on because I feel as though the truly awesome is on the way. Amidst the crap that the world tries to parade as sunshine and rainbows, I find rare things that actually are good, that actually do bring me true joy, and I hold on to them and they give me hope for the future.
Despite my cynical view of society, I really do believe that the world could be a better place if we tried, and that the world will be a better place some time in the future. I just get impatient with mankind for not making the world a better place right now.