Tag Archives: cynicism

Louis C.K. of the Day

Louis C.K. – “Everything is amazing and nobody is happy.” A reader writes: It’s very likely that you’ve seen this, but I thought I’d share in case you haven’t. I love the one you posted, and this is another favorite. … Continue reading

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Louis C.K. of the Day

After last Friday’s poll, and a most excellent appearance on Conan that same day, Louis C.K. has been selected as the philosopher of the week. This week will feature clips of Louis CK in his most philosophical moments. Louis C.K. – … Continue reading

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Tao of the Day (with digression)

“Words of truth are not high-sounding; high-sounding words are not the truth.” These two lines are from Chapter 81 of the Tao teh Ching, as translated by C. Ganson. There are a number of other translations and this is one chapter … Continue reading

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Ethics of Cynicism FTW

First let me say that this post [along with a lot of good toilet reading I’ve been doing lately] would not be possible without the excellent Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I read the entry on Cynics this weekend and decided … Continue reading

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The one thing everybody should have told her after she got a dog: Don’t have kids

This is a polemic in response to Allison Benedikt’s recent screed on Slate, “The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t Get a Dog.” Ms. Benedikt’s position: if you are planning to have kids, then you … Continue reading

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A digression on today’s Tao quote

Today’s quote from the Tao was “for those who practice not doing, everything will fall into place.” The principle of non-action is essential to living in harmony with nature – the essence of Cynicism and Taoism both. This is why I … Continue reading

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Meh, Cynicism… …why bother?

If I ask Google to define:Cynicism my results start with this web definition: “a cynical feeling of distrust” That’s rather unsatisfying. So I ask Google to define:cynical and I get this: Adjective Believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful … Continue reading

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