Today’s Word: cynical

February 22, 2017 =========

☆  cynical   皮肉な


If you describe someone as cynical, it means that you think they believe that people always act selfishly. It is common to hear someone describe another person as having a cynical view of the world, for example. I think feeling cynical is quite a common feeling in Western culture. People feel cynical about things like:

University or college education – they cost a lot of money, and these days there is no guarantee of a job after graduation.
Elections – it seems like the person that should win the election never does.
Religion – most people feel like religion is actually just a tool for violence

Those are the main ones I can think of right now. How about in Japan? Are people cynical? I never really got the feeling that Japanese people or Japanese culture was cynical… is that true? Is it changing?