you : the best raw and base materials and the best builders
me : we are the makers of all ills that befall us
You're the dreamer, I'm the realist, keep dreaming.
Good to know
Contrarily to the popular belief, realism and cynicism are two different things.
Wishful thinking based on denial and escapism doesn't feel that close to realism to me neither. You don't "fix" something by pretending it doesn't exist. I don't even consider myself to be a cynic, I merely consider it's easier to act on your worst impulses since all it takes is going with the flow while acting on the best requires effort. Few are willing to give up some of what they have for the good of others instead of taking to improve their own status, and that's pretty natural. I'm not even saying no one can be trusted, all I'm saying is that given the opportunity to get benefits at the expense of others in all impunity, only very few wouldn't take advantage.
You know the line about the end justifying the means, don't you ?
Until "us" encompasses everyone and not only those you consider to be like yourself all attempts at societal improvement are bound to fail. As I said growing pains, since mankind still functions in a tribal way with tribes having grown in scale up to the size of countries or ethnic groups, but that's understandable with an history as a civilized species spanning only a few millennia. It's not hopeless but it sure as hell is going to take longer than utopists think.
Then again, maybe failure is necessary in order for mankind to learn something .... unless of course you refuse to accept responsibility and blame everything on some diffuse external influence. In the end it's not a question of "if we ever can
", it's more about "when we will be able to
". If you look back at human history, it's pretty unrealistic to expect some rosy future to unfold in the coming decades, it'll more likely take a couple centuries.
While we, in developed countries, are whining about our wealth shrinking way too many people on this earth still don't have access to the most basic necessities.
You may call me a cynic, but I see no factual basis for such faith in mankind. I'd rather consider myself a skeptic but apparently skepticism is only acceptable when applied to religion, not your own species. There's some obvious bias at work from my part, but that's true on the other side of the fence too. It just happens to point in opposite directions.
So, neither dreamer, nor realist, nor cynic. I'd prefer measured optimist. Though, some studies have linked cynicism and dementia .... should we just hold hands and have happy-happy thoughts while Life of Brian's closing song plays in the background ?