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The Cynic’s Tub…what’s that all about?

Well, for starters, I’m a pretty cynical person—at least in the modern sense of the term:

cynical: having or showing the attitude of a cynic: as a: contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives b: based on or reflecting a belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest.

But long before the term “cynic” was used to describe a type of person in general, it referred, more specifically, to an ancient school of philosophy—Cynicism. In the Fifth Century BCE, the Cynics were known for their unusually Spartan (read: ascetic) lifestyles, often characterized by extreme contempt for money, power and fame, which tended to include forfeiting all of one’s possessions.

Okay, that’s weird… so why the “tub”?

One of the early Cynics, Diogenes of Sinope, is said to have made his shelter in (you guessed it!) a tub.

So there it is: the cynic’s tub…a reminder that true faith (whether it finds its object in a philosophy or a god) almost always produces a strange, even “weird” way of life.

May the cynic’s tub expose just how ordinary our lives really are!

…I told you I was cynical.

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