Ancient Cynicism, ancient philosophy for contemporary life

To combat the corrosive affects of contemporary cynicism implicit in the ineffectual carping that has so many people feeling defeated these days, Arthur C. Brooks recommends … ancient cynicism. As it turns out, ancient cynicism – exemplified by Diogenes of Sinope who resided in a barrel, disdained conventional values, and lived by his wits – is salutary and therapeutic. Diogenes’ distinctive lifestyle devalued conventional goods, elevated self-sufficiency as a guiding virtue, and encouraged (for the first time in Western history) a cosmopolitan conception of the human community.

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