"I thought we'd just agreed over on Grace's post we should stop arguing about this ; - )
However, I think it's more important for people to share their views on when cynicism is useful or just being a pain in the ass..
"Well J, I don't totally agree. If cynicism is about 'critical thinking', i.e: making sure that the results are good for the people we are supposed to serve, then it's useful. Otherwise I think it's quite easily self…"
"I have commented on this topic many times before. I feel that a certain level of cynicism keeps you humble and keeps you alert. You need to be a bit cynical otherwise you may go trustingly into situations blithely thinking you are doing the right…"
"Really really good question J/Paul. One I feel I should ponder further, but then I never seem to get enough headspace to ponder a lot, so...
As a person who gets paid to do training I naturally feel quite keen on people taking it seriously to gain…"
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"Hi, I'm cheating, I am not a Pakistani aid worker (in the sense that I am neither from Pakistan or working in Pakistan) but I am in Islamabad right now and have lots of friends here.
Feeling rather sad right now to hear from former…"
"J - I agree with you - as always! ; - )
I would add that as part of the overall discussion of competencies and professionalism in the sector (I assume we mean humanitarian and development as part of that happy continuum?) that professional…"