Are YOU Too Cynical?? (Take The Test)

By: Ron Eldridge

I voluntarily took a cynical test today to see how close I may be getting to my mid life crisis.  I found out that I’m good for another year or two. If you have 2 minutes of chill time, you should take this test too – here is the link.  This test asks only 7 questions so it’s pretty quick and it’s not too brain crushing. The following is a summary of my test results:

You scored 15 to 20 points. You’re a healthy skeptic: You tend to be wary until convinced otherwise, which is why you’re climbing the corporate ladder like a Sherpa. One warning: Your prove-it-first attitude could be hurting your relationships, says Mirvis, so put away your suspicion at dinner. You want her, remember?

Lol. I guess that I do want her, but prior to taking this test I had no idea that romance with a beautiful Queen Sista (crossing my fingers) was on the line.  I’m already cynical, huh? This cynical test comes courtesy of Men’s Health, so that result summary is most likely geared towards us alpha males.

I just have a few questions about those results.  First, am I an idiot for not knowing what a Sherpa is? If not, then please tell me, what is a Sherpa? And where is this elusive corporate ladder at? And who is Mirva?

Obviously, this test is not an endorsement by any means, but this did get me thinking:

Is there a such thing as a healthy skeptic? And would I sweet talk lie if a potential date with a beautiful Queen Sista was on the line?

I’m not convinced that being a healthy skeptic is good for your health. I have a pretty strong basis for feeling this way. Every time I think of being a healthy skeptic, I think of this story that I shared with you awhile back – (read about it here) In short, I was hoodwinked by some old lady that was apparently stuck and stranded on the road, begging for help. And yep, I fell for it.  That incident proved to me that being a healthy skeptic is not always a good idea. What do you think?

And would I lie if a date was on the line? Why lie?  I got more game than Nintendo (thanks Andrea).

Click here to find out if you are too cynical.

(Peep the multiple choice test questions… and my answers)

1.  Most people will tell a lie if they can gain by it.

I answered:  Agree
2.  People claim to have ethical standards, but few stick to them when money is at stake.

I answered:  Strongly Agree
3.  People pretend to care about others more than they really do care.

I answered:  Agree
4.  It’s sad to see an unselfish person in today’s world, because so many people take advantage of that person.

I answered:  Agree
5.  Most people are interested only in personal benefit.

I answered:  Disagree
6.  Most people inwardly dislike helping other people.

I answered:  Disagree
7.  Most people are really not honest by nature.

I answered:  Disagree


Skeptics, cynics and doubters have a place in our life.  I am sharing this with thoughts of my Uncle Sonny. As a pastor, he works tirelessly to prepare others for life’s unforeseen events.  He shared Faith, as he defined, as the evidence of things not seen nor heard.

As a family, we  had “Devotions” – we shared scripture 6 days a week.  At times, he shared his thoughts about a far off future that we couldn’t see or understand.  I could only think that Unc’ must be losing his good mind.

Fast forward. Uncle wasn’t so crazy after all. He shared a vision that we just weren’t qualified to see at that time – but I’m living it.  And I called him cynical.

What looks like crazy, on an ordinary day… does anybody know something about this?

(if you do, please let me know and I will ship you a cool gift)


I still don’t know about this Mirva person, but I did find out more about Sherpa.

The Sherpa (Tibetan):ཤར་པ། “eastern people”, from shar “east” + pa “people”) are an ethnicgroup from the most mountainous region of Nepa, high in the Himalayas. Sherpas migrated from eastern Tibet to Nepal within the last 300–400 years.

The term Sherpa is also used to refer to local people, typically men, who are employed as guides for mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, particularly Mt. Everest. They are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local terrain.

*scratching me head on this