A couple of weeks ago my Master's degree coordinator accused me of being 'cynical' when I was making a comment about my dealings with one of the teachers.
I was bemused...though I am often cowed by such comments, needing to be seen as more benevolent than 'cynical'...I did feel slighted by this. I was trying to make a serious comment about (failure of) service delivery, and in fact was being put down.
I surprised myself by asserting that I was not being cynical I was trying to be honest.
But I am easily convicted of cynicism.
I am NOT cynical about 2020, though the usual suspects have already been shouting their mouths off...with comments like '1000 softy liberals, pinkos and Labor party sympathisers' and the endless stream of comments that no amount of talk will solve the problem.
All those statements are demonstrably untrue (and predictably cynical) ...while Phillip Adams, who fits almost all those criteria was there...what an insult to the other fine people, particularly those who represented Aboriginal, multicultural, high-end business, science, youth and educational interests...and even Phillip says the occasional good thing...he just doesn't really listen (in my opinion).
It is true that it won't be worth a fig if words are not translated into action, but it seemed to me there is a great desire to do just that.
If it opens up the narrowness of the political system to a wider stream of thought, if it challenges decison makers to be visionary, if it helps us recover a sense of confidence and if ti translates to action then it will have been well worth it.
I am heartened