A dear friend of mine who reads this journal commented - with a careful preface that I'm obviously highly intelligent and interestingly complex - that my observations are quite frequently...
"-stupid?" I supplied.
"Yes. And cynical and judgmental" (that's me paraphrasing, as she's far too tactful to say it).
Well, what can I say? There's not much to say about the stupidity charge. I think I've always said, or at least am saying now, that I don't think intelligence actually exists. Intelligence is like cold. It doesn't really exist except as a word. There is something, like lack of heat, which does exist. There is no such thing as intelligence. There is such a thing as a lack of stupidity. To say that I am rarely lacking is not entirely honest. So I got no problem with that.
I will say that the phrase "judgmental", in the current negative context that it enjoys is a descriptive term, I have no problem with either.
As the ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu once said "A man can no more not judge than a fish can not swim".
The cynicism charge I don't have a problem with either, in that I do indeed proceed from a starting position of taking things at their worst, and then modifying it from there.
It's a good practical stance, as I am rarely disappointed.
But I do get irritated with the implied suggestion that I just reject things out of hand. These qualities, in our modern environment, infer such a cavalier behavior.
Thats' simply not true. I've usually given the matter considerable thought, ruminated on the subjects quite a bit, before finally deciding that such and such a thing (often contrary to popular opinion and conventional wisdom) is utter horseshit.
And I can back it up with a good argument as well (again not the current disparaging coloration, but rather a fairly sound and logical set of reasons).
Yeah, well, back to work.