A Cynic’s World

How if a cynic’s world were to be scenic? How would a cynic’s worldview look through pictures?? Here is an attempt at reading a cynic’s words of wisdom for you:

Listen to me carefully: People may sit with you every day …

Co-squatters at the club/office/chatroom...

An installation at the Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

… and stir you up into blood-boiling talks of a revolution

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

… and make you think that the Gods are frowning upon you, too,

An installation near the Library of Congress, Washington DC, Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

…. until you get up and do your part in jolting the world into action on the right path

"Aagyo", one of the two Nio - the guardians

“Aagyo”, one of the two Nio – the guardians – at Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

However, when you count on the people who talked revolution, they prefer to take a shower than join you in the revolution…

An installation at the library of congress, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

An installation at the library of congress, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

… and that leaves you with what is now YOUR own battle, your private affair, and you fight and come back exhausted if alive, barely able to hold your flag straight …

An installation near the Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

An installation near the Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

… and those who got you into this are nowhere to be seen..

A Passage inside the Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

A Passage inside the Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

And that makes this otherwise beautiful world slightly lonely and selfish

Dumbarton Garden, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

Dumbarton Garden, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

When others are selfish and you feel lonely, the otherwise straight things appear knotted, crooked, and tangled

On your left if you walk from Library of Congress to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

On your left if you walk from Library of Congress to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

… and you begin to read your own clues

Plaque at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

Plaque at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

and prefer to be away from people rather than be with the people because you know they are one thing in reality…

A Lion, at the National Zoo, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

A Lion, at the National Zoo, Washington DC. Aug 2013, (c) margie parikh

… but they present themselves in a much more colorful way

The National Zoo, Washington DC, Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

The National Zoo, Washington DC, Aug 2013 (c) margie parikh

So – take care!

Yours truly,

– Cynic through his/her Google Nexus 4

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7 thoughts on “A Cynic’s World

  1. ritaharvey says:

    Dear Margie, what a parade of beautiful photos and intelligent words. And a little sad, for maybe in cynism there is the sadness of having lost the hope in the friendliness of people and the fairness of life. Maybe not everybody is a lion and not all gods are frowning, but I do understand that it feels like that sometimes!
    Interesting post to reflect upon, thank you πŸ™‚

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    • Wow! That’s encouraging, Rita. I loved roaming in DC and was wondering what to do with these pictures. On their own they seemed less appealing, and thankfully the cynic’s take helped:) It came to me easily as I sometimes can hear several responses emerging from within, and the cynical voice is there pretty often..

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    • .. and do we also sometimes see a tinge of disappointment and a negative expectancy that things will go wrong? Sad, I agree!

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