CERP: Day 48 – Heraclitus Ep. 9.


IX. To the Same (p. 211)
This one seems more to our interests:

“But, in fact, no one will transgress if he will not go unnoticed when he has transgressed.”

Indeed, the idea of Cynic shamelessness, which even Stoics like Cato and Zeno practiced, is an attempt to show that what is commonly viewed as shameful is not, but what is truly shameful is vice.

Early on in my “from the outside” study of Cynicism, I found the practice of shamelessness distasteful.  I think some of it is maybe a bit grander than it needs to be, but the way Cato did it but where dark when light purple was fashionable, or going barefoot instead of being shod.

Seneca said in his letters:

“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.”

— Letter 10.

This seems like a good lens to view shamelessness.


This is part of the Cynic Epistles Reading Plan.

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