Cynics have a bad name but we feel they have many positive qualities and it may not be coincidental that our profile shows a dog with a bone.
The first cynics were Greek-
cynic – Literally, in the Greek, “dog-like,” the Cynics “barked” at society, snapping at its heels, attempting to awaken society from its conventional slumber. Although tradition traces the origin of Cynicism to one Antisthenes, a pupil of Socrates (469-399 BC), it was the legendary Diogenes (ca. 400-325 BC) who made Cynicism so famous…
Yes, he was the one who with his lantern went searching for an honest man.
One of our resident Wolfville mavens agrees with our view of cynics who are always testing themselves and others against high standards. He gave us the following:
The Cynic’s tuning fork
Finally Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
‚Äî from the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, the Epistle of St.Paul to the Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8:
Are you in tune? Are you a cynic? There’s a test you can do at the cynic’s sanctuary