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Published 15/05/2014 | 02:30

Jane Horgan-Jones
Jane Horgan-Jones
Brian O'Driscoll and Fr Peter McVerry in image used by Cllr Jane Horgan Jones
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One of the most pointless and self-defeatingly stupid traits to hold is automatic, reflexive cynicism. We see it everywhere we go and in the people we meet – the ones who have nothing good to say about anything, even when they don't know what they're talking about. It's a state of perma-adolescence where your inner 14-year-old remains convinced that everything is shite and the only rational response is to sneer and belittle.

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That is fine when you're 14. Because when you're 14, everything is shite. In fact, if you reach that age without coming to the conclusion that everything is rubbish and other people are either fools or simply evil, then you'd be a rather unusual teenager.

The point is that there are times when cynicism helps as a coping mechanism in a strange and hostile world. And then you grow out of it.

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