There are two options, as I see it: you can either spend your time embracing reality or rejecting it.
One path walks the line between a cynic and a realist, relentlessly rejecting the lies people tell (to themselves and others) about the way things are and the way things could be. The other path rejects what’s known on the quest to realize what’s possible.
I don’t think either path is superior, although the latter is glamorized a bit in our society. What I endeavor to avoid is taking on characteristics of both that result in an unsavory character (think: deluded cynic).