A quote from an article I read in the NY Times today:
In today's culture of cynicism, such generosity and software excellence seems highly suspicious; surely it's all a smokescreen for a darker, larger plot to suck us all in.
Although this was intended to be somewhat tongue in cheek, like many jokes it nonetheless has a basis in fact. It seems to me that today, at least in America, it's very trendy to be cynical, fatalistic and negative. And of course, it's very hip to be angry and posture yourself as a violent person. Peer pressure therefore dictates that if you rebel against this and have any kind of positive or optimistic outlook on life that you're simply "not cool".
If people go through life with an attitude that everything sucks, everyone's out to get you, and you may as well be fatalistic in your outlook since nothing will ever improve, what chances do you then have for improving your lot in life? It seems to me that embracing a defeatist and negative perspective simply makes you a target, ineffective in your pursuits, or both. It's been my experience that success doesn't come to the morbid soul who stares at his shoes and exclaims "what's the point?", but rather to the person who believes that they can have something better and goes out to make it happen. So, I don't get it.
Since I'm one of the Old Dogs and no longer a part of youthful pop culture, I thought maybe someone could explain the benefits of this dark and dismal trend in society to me. I mean, there must be a benefit to it, otherwise people wouldn't subject themselves to such a depressing way of life. Right?