Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Cynic


Diogenes’ talent for undercutting social and religious conventions and subverting political power can tempt readers into viewing his position as merely negative. This would, however, be a mistake. Diogenes is clearly contentious, but he is so for the sake of promoting reason and virtue. In the end, for a human to be in accord with nature is to be rational, for it is in the nature of a human being to act in accord with reason. Diogenes has trouble finding such humans, and expresses his sentiments regarding his difficulty theatrically. Diogenes is reported to have “lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, ‘I am searching for a human being’”

1 Comments:

Blogger Dina said...

“lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, ‘I am searching for a human being’”

That's beautiful.

6:45 AM  

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