Blog > Passion and cynicism

April 20, 2009

I’ve been facilitating some public meetings recently and I’m struck by the difference between passion and cynicism.

I admire people who are passionate, who are willing to put themselves out there for their beliefs, who will speak up in the face of opposition and on behalf of the marginalised, unheard and disenfranchised. I don’t have to agree with you to acknowledge and admire your passion.

Cynics are another matter. Cynical people make me grumpy – and it’s hard for me not to show it. Cynicism seems to be energy draining, while passion builds energy. Cynics tend to marginalise themselves, and don’t ever seem to be satisfied. With anything. Nor do they have any suggestions for how things might be better.

Grrrrrr… can you tell that I’m still grumpy?

One of the challenges of facilitating is honouring all comments and input. Honestly, I really struggle to honour cynics. What about you? Do you have any advice for me?

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