The Philosophy of Cynicism

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Diogenes of Sinope was a cynic, the first of that line of philosophy, advocating for rejecting materialism, vanity, and conformity. While the meaning of the label cynic has changed over the centuries, the core ideas of rejecting custom and living closely with nature, questioning the status quo, and thinking deeply about what really matters remain the same. Learn more about Diogenes and Cynicism with a short video.

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