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#36A CYNICISM

Once I thought people could be trusted, had good intentions, were caring, decent, honorable--I now know better.  Humans beings, I believe, are self serving and can’t be trusted to do good. Those who profess to be altruistic are deluded, not seeing misguided self interest for what it is. Most are lazy, mean, corrupt, and immoral--hypocrites, too stupid to see themselves as such.  I was once more accepting and forgiving, now I am critical--sneering at, and finding fault with, much of what people do and say.

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

disturbed by hypocrisy

attitude of Cultural Pessimism / rejects belief world becoming better

disturbed by political corruption

disgusted with humans, human nature ==> Misanthropy  

summary Wikipedia article: Cynicism 

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3311

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 9

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Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International ("the global coalition against corruption") 
Cultural Pessimism: Narratives of Decline in the Post-Modern World, by O. Bennett (2001 book / Google Books)
The Cynic's Sanctuary
A Monologue on Cynicism, Faith, Happiness, Honesty, Sadness, by Amit Singh
Children Develop Cynicism at Early Age (report on Yale University Dept. of Psychology study)
Humor, Sublimity, and Incongruity, by John Marmysz (insight into why laughter is an escape from cynicism)
Brief Paper on Cynicism
Cynicism in Business Organizations
On Youthful Cynicism, by Bertrand Russell (classic 1930 essay)
The Virtue of Engineering Cynicism, by David Weinberger
Humbug and Cynical Acid, by Duncan Baird (Unitarian Universalist sermon) 
Hypocrisy Today -- The Official Publication of the American Society of Sociopaths (ASS)
Are You A Hypocrite?  (includes formula hypocrisy = beliefs - actions)
Spying on Democracy by Heidi Boghosian (excerpt from 2013 book)

Dark Money: The Hidden History of Billionaires ...  by Jane Mayer (book review by David Nasaw in The New York Times Jan 12 2016)

The land of the free—Really? by Frances Moore Lappe (a cynical look at USA freedom, on Common Dreams website  October 29 2015)
Reviews on Amazon: Five Star Fakes (report from The Economist October 24 2015)

Business and Corruption: Robber Barons Beware (fighting corruption in China, report from The Economist October 24 2015)

"Corruption and Natural Resources: a fight for light" (report from The Economist October 24 2015)

“Dirty Secrets: Volkswagen’s Falsification of Pollution Tests… “(cover story from The Economist September 26 2015)
"Four cancer charities' $187 million in donations mostly paid for fundraisers, government alleges" (report in LA Times May 19, 2015)
The Looting Machine: warlords, tycoons, smugglers and the systematic theft of Africa's wealth by Tom Burgis  (book review in The Guardian March 2 2015)
"Brian Williams-Gate: America Loses Its Innocence Once Again by Joe Randazzo (Feb 8 2015 commentary posted on The Daily Beast)

"Sleuths Hunt for Kazakh Bank’s Missing $6 Billion"

"Dollarocracy" by John Nichols and Robert McChesney (article from The Nation Sep 30 2013 based on similarly titled book)
"Nigerian Oil Stolen on Industrial Scale" (BBC News report Sep 20 2013)
"Corruption in Venezuela: The Billion Dollar Fraud" (article from The Economist Aug 10 2013)
"Crisis of confidence in government handling of corruption, survey shows" by Erik Kirschbaum (worldwide focus in July 9 2013 report, on Reuters website)
"Latin America: Region One of the Worst for Corruption" by Lauren Villagran (article in CSM Dec 5 2012)
"Corruption in Northern Italy: A Plague on all Their Houses" (article from The Economist Nov 10 2012)
Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman (lengthy talk by author of this 2011 book)
"Brooklyn Blues: A reminder of how widespread corruption is in the Empire State" (Sep 2012 article The Economist)
"Shell Awards Christian Teacher $10K for 'Exemplary Science Teaching" by Sandy Leon Vest (from April 2012 blog)
"Doc Charged in $375 Million Medicare Scam" (Feb 2012 news item from The Fiscal Times
"HHS Protects Florida Consumers from $145 Million Health Insurance Heist"  (Dec 2011 article on Huffington Post
"Democracy in America is a Useful Fiction," by Chris Hedges (a cynical perspective from 2010 article)
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