If by that you mean genuine Cynicism, which is to live without false belief and excessive desires, but with clarity and equanimity in the face of events one cannot control, then yes, I try very hard to be like that.

As to the rest, people will make mistakes, get things wrong, mess things up. "The best laid plans/O' mice and men/Gang aft agley" as the poet has it.

So, we can either go searching for conspiracies that aren't there, or roll up our sleeves and try to put the mistakes right. But in doing that, we have to accept that we ourselves will make mistakes.

The framers of your Constitution made the mistake of thinking that they had invented the perfect system of governance and government. Later generations have made the mistake of merely amending the Constitution, rather than periodically taking it down and replacing it with another more suited to the times.

We in Britain have made the mistake of using statute law instead of a Constitution. The result of this is that any leader with enough of a majority in Parliament could remove all our hard-earned rights in a matter of months.

Nothing is perfect because we aren't. In actual fact it is easier, or at least less embarassing, to blame some sinister conspiracy than to admit that as a species, we're pretty incompetent!

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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