Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Skeptic vs. The Cynic

In ordinary usage, skepticism or scepticism (Greek: skeptomai, to look about, to consider; see also spelling differences) refers to:

1. an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object,

2. the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain,

3. the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism that is characteristic of skeptics (Merriam–Webster).

(Greek: Kυνισμός) was originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics, founded by Antisthenes.

Currently, the word 'cynicism' generally describes the opinions of those who maintain that self-interest is the primary motive of human behaviour, and are disinclined to rely upon sincerity, human virtue, or altruism as motivations.

I looked these words up because after a day like today, sometimes it is hard to discern where my heart rests on the continuum. Today I have had my eyes opened yet again to the selfishness that is fostered in our society.

There are people who truly need help
and then there are others who decide to accept help rather than help themselves.
I am called to love both of those categories...

The love of Christ was a tough love. He gave grace and mercy, but he also dished out quite a bit of rebuke and correction. The only difference is that he could see through the layers of each person to see their inner depths.

He knew the truth...

1 comment:

Parke said...

We should talk soon about this on the phone. Keep on fighting to stay humble and open to people. A lot of loving folks have turned pretty cold and inflexible all the while using tough love as their excuse. There's a better way.