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In Reply to: RE: Not bothering posted by John Atkinson on October 6, 2011 at 13:16:53
I believe this is actually the case. The cynic is saying "If I were in your situation, I wouldn't be able to stay honest so I must assume that neither can you."
Just the opposite. A cynic becomes cynical because of their honesty and constant experience that the rest of the world lacks it. So it is something more like "I have been disappointed frequently before by virtuous talk so why should this time be any different?"
Look at the first definition in the link below and it will become clear how the modern use of the term "cynic" probably arose.
From the same link:
": a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest."
Of course I saw that, but it doesnt undercut my point. Which by the way is that the cynic is cynical because their core beliefs are different from the masses. So in that definition the cynic doesnt include themselves as being motivated wholly by self interest!! They are cynical precisely because they are NOT wholly motivated by self interest and most everyone else is.
If they lumped them into the category they put everyone else, then they wouldnt be cynical!!
Now you're making my head hurt!
It seems to me that there are posters here who will always think the worst of Stereophile. They're not being cynical, they're being bloody minded. They fit the type described in my previous post because they maintain their core beliefs, regardless of the facts.
It's not medical advice, it's not financial advice, it's advice on reproducing music in the home at, hopefully, a high quality that the audio press provide.
The onus is on us, the end buyer, to go and audition anything we take a fancy to.
I accept that if you're like me and live far away from stores, then an element of trust must exist.
The cynics I refer to have not given Michael's site a chance to evolve. Of course it will have faults, what aspect of life doesn't? They are putting in the hard yards producing it. Much of the above is just sniping from the sidelines.
Sorry, am I sounding too cynical?!
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