The opposite of being naive is not to be cynical â€” it is to be wise
… there is a vital difference between understanding that cynicism exists in the world and succumbing to it. And it is the signature attribute of second-rate leaders, courtiers and second-year college students (sophomores) that in their effort to appear worldly, they embrace cynicism. No aspiring wise guy wants to appear naive. Washington journalists are particularly driven not to appear naive.
But the opposite of being naive is not to be cynical â€” it is to be wise.
I really like the way Blankley put this. This is exactly the sort of thinking we should be doing, and the direction we should promote.
We have entered uncertain times in the struggles in this country, wisdom will go a long way in such a situation.
For myself, as I consider the Iraq War, I am reminded of words which spoke of a secular sitaution and gave it a spiritual application. I’d like to return it to the practical: No man goes to war without counting the cost.
There was always a cost, and to stop midstream and complain that the cost is more than one figured is to invite disaster. Disaster on more than one level, but how about some thought on this …
If we prematurely withdraw from Iraq for any reason less than that which we had first set out to finish, then what are we left with? Will the conflict with aggressive Islam be any less? Will the jihadists be assuaged? Will there be less terrorist aggression … will we be more secure as free nations? Will we have made any difference in the global welfare or the support and furtherance of freedom for mankind in withdrawing from the conflict?
What will we do if Islamists become encouraged by our loss of fortitude to pursue more aggression? Start another war over again? On what premise and at what point of entry, then?
Or do we keep retreating, and, cowed, allow those who would destroy freedom forsaken gates and battlements?
It is a shame to count the cost after the battle begins and then withdraw, but greater tragedy to have had the wherewithall to accomplish the task at hand and lack only the heart.