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12 de marzo de 2014

Diogenes

Diogenes, the famous cynic philosopher, argued that to be happy one must rid himself of all riches, honors, powers, and all the enjoyments of life. And he practiced what he preached, going barefoot through Athens, never wearing a coat, eating coarse foods, and inveighing against corruption and comfort. Diogenes was, in fact, convinced of his superiority and did not hesitate to abuse those who disagreed with him. It is reported that Socrates once sait him, 'I see your vanity through the holes in your garments.' Even more telling is the incident of Diogenes's visit to Plato's in his home. When the cynic walked across Plato's beautifully and richly carpeted floors, he stopped, glared at his host stamped his foot squarely on the carpet, and said, 'Thus do I tread on the pride of Plato.' 'Yes,' said Plato, 'And with greater pride.'

Ramesh S. Balsekar, It's so happend that, 2003, p.79.

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