VIDEO: Bill Maher on Cynicism, Education and Effort

“Cynical comes when you know too much. You, on the other hand, haven’t bothered to learn anything.”


by Kolby Solinsky

White Cover Magazine


The big news to come from last Friday’s episode of Real Time had nothing to do with the discussion or the shouting matches. No, the big news was that after eight years as president and not one night spent on Bill Maher’s stage, Barack Obama will be on November 4th’s episode – a shocking and exciting development for fans of Maher’s show, because the host has famously ripped the president for doing “every show but this one” during his two terms.

But the most beautiful part of the episode came in Maher’s New Rules, which was over the average at six minutes, when he perfectly tackled the definition of the word ‘cynicism’ and the desperate need for more of it in American politics. “You say you’re cynical about politics? Don’t flatter yourselves,” he said, addressing someone who could be a Trump supporter and yet would somehow maybe be watching his show. “Cynical comes when you know too much. You, on the other hand, haven’t bothered to learn anything.”

And Maher is spot-on. People use the words cynical and cynicism as if they’re negatives, but they’re not. They’re what you earn with experience. They’re tools. A cynical person is a wise person with a voice.

Watch the full thing here:


*The photo at the top of this article is from Wikimedia Commons and author Angela George.