Just because high standards are never perfectly implemented doesn’t mean we should give them up.

If we were forced to reject our ideals when they are not achieved, we would have to close every school and hospital — and grant every married couple an automatic divorce.

Rejecting ideals due to imperfect implementation is a life lived cynically, without hope. Cynicism might be popular, but it is corrosive — and the opposite of authenticity.

I might be skeptical, but I’m no cynic. Before you claim to be one, you might take a gander at its meaning.