It is commonly assumed that the attitude of cynicism is something that is caught, like a cold or flu, at a certain point in life. Some contract it earlier than others, but the majority of cases seem to develop in what is known as mid-life.
Secondary symptoms often accompany the heart-hardening attitude called cynicism. Men who become cynical tend to resignation while women are more prone to develop a strident right-hand diamond approach to living. These secondary symptoms are compensatory strategies which help the cynic, male or female, deal with the shame of giving up on life.
An honest analysis of cynicism reveals that it is not a contagious attitude, neither is it something that happens to you by virtue of an externally imposed force. The attitude of cynicism is simply the evidence of the absence of radiance, a final concession to mediocrity.