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Michele Spencer: Cynicism is too easy

Disillusionment with all human institutions is part of growing up. But what is it about the current American state of mind that seems different from growing pains somehow? Most fear rather than deny climate change, terrorism or corruption. Floods, fire, war are paramount in the news. Yet few trust the capacity or veracity of our leaders or institutions to deal with these problems effectively. Is the cynicism and malaise I detect justified?


Cynicism is too easy. I think we are lazy. We avoid doing the work required to be citizens of a democracy like ours. Instead we blame the media or demonize folks brave enough to run for office or commit to public service, rather than acknowledging their good intentions and hard work. It’s our job to remind them what brought them to the table to begin with and to demand that they stop playing games and reclaim their higher selves in the public interest.

Then, if we disagree with their ideas or are concerned about their suitability, we can go with the other candidate. We can do this with the same compassion, respect and forgiveness that we demand of them. We can grow up, take responsibility and vote.

Michele Spencer

Grass Valley

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