Archive for March 2nd, 2010

Support My Proposal For An End To Cynicism

Regular readers of this site will know that I am not one for self-promotion. But in a time of national crisis, I believe it is important for each of us to step up to the plate and passionately support our own ideas for the good of the country. No more hiding lights under a bushel.

As Ferdinand Von Prondzynski observes in today’s Irish Times.

It’s time for some optimism and self-confidence to sort out the mess – The Irish Times – Tue, Mar 02, 2010

In any case, cynicism is a progressive disease that destroys the organism as it spreads. If we continue to wallow in our mood of pessimism we are not just robbing ourselves of the energy to get ourselves out of the mess, we are persuading others looking at us from outside that we are not a good bet because we don’t have the determination to get over our recent losses and roll up our sleeves to create something better.

So unless we think cynicism and sarcasm are such fun that national decline and poverty are a price worth paying, let us get into the spirit of national regeneration and economic recovery. Let us show some determination and optimism. Submit a proposal to

I must disagree. If you think the best proposals are already on the site, do not trouble yourself trying to come up with something else: spend the time updating your CV instead. Like the Google man on the radio said yesterday alongside Ferdinand, the average 2010 graduate, in this brave new era of freedom, will have 20-30 jobs in his or her lifetime, so you’ll need the practice. Make sure you polish up on your grammar and spelling, because that’s the sort of thing that will lead Google to throw your CV in the Recycle Bin. And they don’t teach that sort of thing at DCU.

But do not set about this before you register your support for my proposal for Mandatory Clown Suits For Social Welfare Recipients. 24 other people have overcome the paralysing cynicism of the moment to register their support, and I encourage you to join us.

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March 2010