>When Plato gave Socrates's definition of man as "featherless bipeds" and was much praised for the definition, Diogenes plucked a chicken and brought it into Plato's Academy, saying, "Behold! I've brought you a man." After this incident, "with broad flat nails" was added to Plato's definition.
>When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"
I feel like Diogenes was a radical philosopher you embodied Cynicism on one hand but also an asshole who just like pissing people off for his own amusement on the other hand.
What is the deal with Cynicism anyway? Apparently it was around when Diogenes came about, but it seems like he is the first person to actual embody Cynic philosophy. He's never mentioned as the founder even when they don't attribute it to Antithenes. Also, why is there pretty much no Cynic writings left? They were extremely popular even after Stoicism stopped being widely practiced, yet they have pretty much no writings while Stoicism has plenty.
Also, Stoicism is pretty much lazy Cynicism where they try to have their cake and eat it too, right?
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