David Don Posted about 4 years ago When, How and Why have your most strongly held views changed? So you have developed a cynical mental attitude. Well whatever works for you. I found your original comment very amusing. Perhaps you are not even serious, like the hypocrites you describe. The cynic is the person you wish you could be. Your cynical observation is part of reality, but the opposite is also part of the same reality. Two sides of the same coin. Which side have you chosen to focus on? Here is a post I borrowed somewhere on TED just for you: Here is an old story that might help change negative views. An old Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A battle is raging inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The old man fixed the children with a firm stare. "This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too." They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee replied: "The one you feed."