Why “The Optimistic Cynic” ?

Optimistic by nature, cynical by experience.

People often ask me why I use the name “The Optimistic Cynic”. The simple answer is ‘the name picked me’ but here is what it really means for me:

  • I’m a passionate believer that people basically want to do good. It’s not always easy but with the right support, values and information I know we can do more.
  • I know we can overcome just about every obstacle life throws in our way. Together we can be resilient, adaptable and creative.
  • There’s beauty all around us, sometimes we just need to be reminded where to look.
  • Life isn’t a fairy tale though. We need to be strong, question what’s around us and be pragmatic. As the man said, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
  • ‘Yes, but…’ is a legitimate tool to test our thinking, we need our devil advocates.
  • The optimist needs a cynic, and the cynic needs an optimist. Ying and yang working together.

I latched onto this name from my experiences with the disability sector and it grew from there. We have so much potential to provide everyone with a great life but when systems control us, innovation dies out. People believe in equality but don’t always treat people equally. Disability has taught me that we can always do better.

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