Diogenes the Cynic

“Modesty is the color of virtue.

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.” Diogenes

Contact with the spirit of the philosopher Diogenes the beggar

Diogenes of Sinope (in ancient Greek: Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς; Sinope, 404 or 412 BC, Corinth, 323 BC), also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was a philosopher of Ancient Greece. The details of his life are known through anecdotes (chreia), especially those gathered by Diogenes Laertius in his Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers.

Diogenes of Sinope was exiled from his hometown and moved to Athens, where he would have become a disciple of Antisthenes, former pupil of Socrates. He became a beggar who lived in the streets of Athens, making extreme poverty a virtue; It is said that he would have lived in a large barrel instead of a house and wandered about the streets carrying a lamp during the day, claiming to be looking for an honest man. Eventually he settled in Corinth, where he continued to pursue the cynical ideal of self-sufficiency: a life that was natural and not dependent on the lusts of civilization. Believing that virtue was best revealed in action and not in theory, his life consisted of a tireless campaign to overthrow the institutions and social values ​​of what he saw as a corrupt society.


Spiritualist Magazine – Journal of Psychological Studies
Every effect has a cause. Every intelligent effect has a smart cause. The power of intelligent cause lies in the reason of the greatness of effect. Second Year – 1859


1. Evocation.
R. Ah! I come from afar!
2. Can you appear to Sir Adrien, our psychic seer, just as you were in the existence we know of?
A. Yes, and even come with my flashlight, if you wish.
Wide forehead and very bony side bumps, slender and curved nose; Big and serious mouth; Eyes black and stuck in the orbit; Piercing and mocking look. Carve a little elongated, thin and wrinkled, complexion yellow; Uncultivated mustache and beard; Gray hair and scattered. White and heavily soiled dressings; The bare arms, as well as the legs; The body is thin and bony. But the sandals tied to the legs by ropes.
3. Thou hast said that thou comest from afar: of what world comest thou?
A. You do not know him.
4. Would you kindly answer a few questions?
A. With pleasure.
5. Has the existence known to you under the name of Diogenes the Cynic profited you for your future happiness?
A. Very; You made a mockery of it, as my contemporaries did; I am astonished that history has scarcely clarified my existence, and that posterity, it may be said, was unjust to me.

6. What good did you do, because your existence was very personal?
A. I worked for myself, but you could learn a lot from seeing me.
7. What are the qualities you would like to find in men, and what are you looking for with your flashlight?
A. Of energy.
8. If you had found the man whom we have just recalled, Chaudruc Duelos, would you find in him the man whom you sought, because he also voluntarily abstained from all superfluity?
A. No.
9. What do you think of him?
A. His soul is astray on the earth; How many are like him and do not know it; He at least knew.
10. Do you believe that you have possessed the qualities that you seek in man?
A. No doubt: this was my criterion.
11. Which of the philosophers of your time do you prefer?
R. Socrates.
12. What do you prefer now?
R. Socrates.
13. And Plato, what say ye of him?
A. Very hard; His philosophy is very severe: I admitted the poets, but he did not.
14. What does the story tell about your interview with Alexander is real?
R. Very real; History itself mutilated it.
15. What has history mutilated?
R. I understand to speak of other conversations that we had together: you believe that it came to see to me to say but me a word?
16. The word imputed to him, namely that if it were not for Alexander, he would like to be Diogenes, is it real?
A. He said, maybe, but not before me. Alexander was a mad young man, vain and trusting; I was a beggar in his eyes: how could a tyrant dare to be taught by the wretch?
17. After your existence in Athens, did you reincarnate on the earth?
A. No, but in other worlds. Today, I belong to a world where we are not slaves: that means that if you were awakened, you would not do what I did tonight.
18. Could you trace the picture of the qualities you seek in man, such as were conceived at that time, and how do you conceive them now?
– R. Before:. Courage, audacity, self-assurance and power over men by the Spirit.
Now: Self-denial, sweetness, power over men by heart.


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