Ever known someone who tries to kill every good idea you have? Maybe it’s because they’re passionate and they’ve been burned. From The Art of Possibility:
A cynic, after all, is a passionate person who does not want to be disappointed again.
I’m betting every cynical person you know listens to you anyway. Why? Because they do care. They just might not really believe anymore – but they’d like to.
And way too often cynical people get laid off before someone figures out that they really care and shows them that they can make a difference.