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Friday, February 29, 2008

the teachings of diogenes #1

Diogenes (c. 412- c. 323 B.C ) was a very playful philosopher; an irreverent Zennish character who lived a good thousand years before Zen was invented. He liked to use great wit when challenging the values and beliefs of his fellow citizens in ancient Athens. He lived in great poverty, probably begging and stealing his food, and steadfastly disdained all forms of luxury. It was because of his determination to follow his own dictates and not adhere to the conventions of society that he was given the epithet "dog," from which the name "cynic" is derived. Over the coming months I will share with you some of his wittiest and most profound teachings.

Here is the first offering:

"Why is it, Diogenes, that pupils leave you to go to other teachers, but rarely do they leave them to come to you?"

"Because," replied Diogenes, "one can make eunuchs out of men, but no one can make a man out of eunuchs".

Source: David Quinn's home page (well worth a look)

16 Comments:

Blogger phil said...

To live a thousand years is no mean feat, to do it before Zen was invented is little short of miraculous.

Another sensible night at Chateau VVB, courtesy of my good friends at Boags and Hardys.

March 01, 2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Bloody pedant! Actually, the grammar was Quinn's, so nyer...

Glad to hear about the sensibleness. I was into the Banrock Station Cabernet Merlot. A bit...

Now that, without seeking any bloody medical advice, I've ripped myself off the antidepressants, cold turkey, my thinking faculties seem to be self-repairing at a respectable rate. Soon I'll be able to rant properly again...

March 01, 2008 9:40 AM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

Oh goody, those shares in the straightjacket company are about to pay off.

March 01, 2008 8:00 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

Well this blog just gets better and better since I'm not getting any words in the posts. I suppose that means the bear's making sense.

March 01, 2008 8:03 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

It's called a "self service" post. Gerry supplies the title, the reader imagines, invents, makes up their own words - can't argue with that .. heh.

March 02, 2008 2:19 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

ooo "word verification .. "wdkfcke .. heh.

March 02, 2008 2:21 PM  
Blogger phil said...

Looks like Chaucer, Davo...

March 02, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

We had a wee problem with text inexplicably disappearing compliments of Bloggershite.

Changed a few colors settings in the template and we're back in visibility land. Phew...

Needs a few more tweaks to improve the looks, but at least we can read it now...

March 03, 2008 3:00 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

ah ha! you found the template!

March 06, 2008 5:00 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hah! GreenSmile, you swish in here and make Zen master-like pronouncements like "ah ha! you found the template!" and then swish out again without so much as an obligatory "love the new colors".

Grrrrrrrrrrr...

March 06, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Oh, and an other thing, GS...

If i catch you voting for anyone but Obama, there'll be trouble, y'hear me boy?

March 06, 2008 8:48 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

So, let me get this straight - 1,000 years before Zen, the world was comprised of men, eunuchs and cynics?

March 07, 2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker!!! You still read this steaming pile of dog poo?

And to answer your question, yes. And nothing much has changed since.

March 08, 2008 8:50 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

Had more important things to do than admire the decoration, Gerry:
I think I finally wrote a post that hits one of your well founded grievances with the f__ked up doings of your fellow apes.

March 10, 2008 3:50 AM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

but now that you mention it, it looks cool and inviting and not so much like an undercooked pumpkin pie.

March 10, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Greensmile, you never said you thought the old colour scheme was like an undercooked pumpkin pie...
I'd have changed it sooner if I'd known... :-)

Read your post. Left you a comment. Perhaps it was a bit harsh, but I have trouble doing "gentle".

March 10, 2008 4:05 PM  

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