Gringo View: The wages of cynicism

Once upon a time, we used to turn on our radios to hear thoughtful, objective presentations of world news by commentators like Edward R Murrow and Walter Cronkite. We might not always agree with their conclusions, but they were never cynical, and they called out those who were. No longer.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Cynicism has been around for a very long time. In 390 BC, it had almost the reverse meaning it has today. The philosopher Diogenes, seen as the father of the Cynics, believed that “wealth and power are seen not only as without intrinsic value but as positive evils in that they take from you your own inner freedom. The radical implication is that we can be not only as happy as kings, but we can also be happier by virtue of our . . .

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