The Cynics

We start with the rejection of gods. All authority deserves contempt. We believe the Emperor isn't really wearing any clothes.

Location: Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, "I am a citizen of the world”
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Sacred cows are for slaughter

A Cynic is a skeptic on steroids

Why stop with the rejection of gods? All authority deserves contempt. Rules are dispensable, as are customs, conventions, public opinion, reputation, honour and dishonour. Everyone's an asshole unless they give very, very good reason to the contrary. We find humour in the deepest blackness and despair. We stare at reality in all its brutal glory without blinking. We use lanterns in daylight to seek honest beings. We are Devil's advocates and court jesters. We sleep in tubs. We will drink your last beer. We will steal your dog. For when Atheism just simply isn't enough - we are The Cynics! We are dogs ! Woof!

Please rise for the Cynics anthem

“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” “When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.”

“Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings ?”

“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”

"The mob is the mother of tyrants."

"Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music."

"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth."

"In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face."

“What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.”

"I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised ?" -- Diogenes of Sinope
"I've never done anything shameful or undignified under the influence of alcohol that I can recall" -- Sir Les Patterson

"I'm not anti-society, society's anti-me" -- Suicidal Tendencies

"Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves."
“Belief is the death of intelligence." -- Robert Anton Wilson

"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." -- Sidney J. Harris

"Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool." -- Voltaire

"If you’ve reached the point where being called a bad name is your primary gripe in life, you have it pretty fucking good." -- Jim Goad

"Reasons are for sippers" -- The Vulgarian RUFC

"Give me convenience or give me death." -- Dead Kennedys

"Whatever a theologian feels to be true must be false: this is almost a criterion of truth. His most basic instinct of self-preservation forbids him to respect reality at any point or even to let it get a word in. Wherever the theologean's instinct extends, value judgements have been stood on their heads and the concepts of 'true' and 'false' are of necessity reversed: whatever is most harmful to life is called 'true'; whatever elevates it, enhances, affirms, justifies it, and makes it triumphunt is called 'false'." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"I've stolen from people with AIDS. I've also stolen from second hand stores that donate their profits to people who have AIDS. It's not the same. People with AIDS have better stuff than you'll ever find in those stores." -- claw71

"Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else." -- Tyler Durden

"Goatse is the reason the internet was invented" -- some clown on a|n chat

"She's so fucking hot I'd suck a fart out of her ass and hold it in like a bong hit....." -- some celebrity smut connoisseur on PirateBay teaches us the meaning of respect

"Don't be humble. You're not that great." -- Golda Meir

"Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem." -- John Galsworthy

"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly." -- Michel de Montaigne


"Once your reputation is ruined, you can do anything you like -- Voice of experience." -- Renee Cooperman

"I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones." -- John Cage

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.” --George Bernard Shaw

"Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often." -- unknown

"Home is where the floor is." -- X

“The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not” -- Eric Hoffer

“The citizen's job is to be rude - to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt” -- John Ralston Saul

”It’s not illegal to be an asshole” -- Guy Earle

“Jesus is just a word I use to swear with” -- Richard Harris

"Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices."
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." -- Denis Diderot

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Discussion Forum

Doing Atheism Proud and the Crassmass Competition 2011

Started by Фелч Гроган Dec 15, 2011. 0 Replies

The aim of this annual competition is quite simple and twofold -Find any assertions that are actually empirically verifiable, and not hearsay amplified by…Continue

Tags: kangaroo, burning, witch, courts, myers

Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity

Started by A Former Member Jun 24, 2011. 0 Replies

A cynical but honest appraisal? Yes, I think so. I love the line, "All the news that's shit to print."  - DGIntellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity By Christopher Ketcham In this rotten…Continue

Tags: information, disinformation, writing, media, objectivity

completely irrelevant images thread III

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Jared Lardo Dec 11, 2010. 46 Replies

To avoid Ning thread rupture of the last one [part I,…Continue

Tags: post, pics, irrelevant, here

Surprise Spruiker

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by GT Aug 19, 2010. 1 Reply

No explanation. Form your own opinions, interpretations and conclusions. Explaining would ruin it anyway. To me this is the true, dizzying height of our potential as a species. Of course you could…Continue

Tags: nirvani, emlightenment, satori, epiphany, spruiker

Ascent of the Ubermensch

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 30, 2010. 49 Replies

All your goatse are belong to usI will no longer resist temptation. This has to be done. This thread is a repository for the weird and wonderful meme of goatse as it mutates and spreads, propelled by…Continue

Tags: bible, redemption, anal thunder, eye of god, will to power, nietzsche, ubermensch

completely irrelevant videos thread

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 30, 2010. 64 Replies

Like the pics thread. But different. No viral spam that has been flooded everywhere (unless it's truly exceptional). Try and surprise us with stuff no one's seen. Appal us. Make us wish we never hit…Continue

Tags: post, irrelevant, vids, videos, here

Articles and Lectures on Cynicism

Started by Jaume. Last reply by Jim DePaulo Jul 22, 2010. 5 Replies

Post the 'serious' stuff here. Little (that is, virtually nothing) survived from the ancient Cynics, what we know about them mostly comes from second-hand sources like Lucian. But other philosophers…Continue

Tags: philosophy, exegesis, Cynicism

It's the opposite of worstiality [more than likely NSFW]

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 8, 2010. 35 Replies

Genesis 1:26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them…Continue

Tags: bigotry, some idiot will take this seriously, fnord, exceptionalism, beastboy

completely irrelevant images thread II

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jul 4, 2010. 286 Replies

To avoid Ning thread rupture of the old one. As per the old one -Stop cluttering up the comment wall.…Continue

Tags: post, irrelevant, here, pics

If a tree falls in a forest... [probably NSFW]

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Фелч Гроган Jun 21, 2010. 34 Replies

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"It's a philosophical…Continue

Tags: Schrödinger's cat, puritans, quantum mechanics, busted, freethinker

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Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 27, 2010 at 1:01pm
Yeah, I can see the point of being not ashamed, but pride is different from non-shame.
Comment by Jaume on May 27, 2010 at 12:54pm
PRG, I think everyone here will agree. Except, when you're belittled or ostracized for being gay, black, etc., "pride" has another connotation: "show them you're not ashamed of what you are."

It's akin to affirmative action: its beneficiaries aren't more worthy than those who've been evicted from the competition because of it, they just were given a special (but artificial) treatment. And it will only last as long the prejudice that caused it will exist.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 27, 2010 at 12:29pm
Really, what's the point in being "proud" of being straight, gay, black, white, or any other characteristic you are born with? It's not like it's an accomplishment.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on May 27, 2010 at 11:04am

Comment by Фелч Гроган on May 27, 2010 at 10:55am
Speaking of Hitler, can't remember if I've posted this (probably have), but it's always good for a repeat chuckle -

February 13, 1994--Macon (Ga) Telegraph

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--A white supremacist wants permission to wear a Ku Klux Klan robe and be called "Hi Hitler'' at his murder trial. Donald Leroy Evans is accused of strangling Ira Jean Smith, a Fort Lauderdale prostitute, in 1985. In motions filed Friday, Evans asked to be allowed to wear the KKK robe, and for his name to be changed on all court documents to "the honorable and respected name of Hi Hitler.'' According to courthouse employees, Evans thought Adolf Hitler's followers said "Hi Hitler'' rather than "Heil Hitler.'' Broward Circuit Court Judge Sheldon Schapiro did not immediately rule on the motion. Evans, 38, already has been sentenced to death for murdering and raping a 10-year-old homeless girl in Mississippi. Investigators are examining his claims that he killed 60 people in 21 states.
Comment by sacha on May 27, 2010 at 10:32am
Comment by Фелч Гроган on May 27, 2010 at 8:45am
You know the drill. Flush your cache. If that doesn't work kill your extensions.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on May 27, 2010 at 8:23am
Figured I'd start here, being the cynical sort on occasion. When attempting to comment in the forums here on A|N, I've been getting the following error message the last day or so. (Opera 10.53/Win). Works ok from Chrome so if the comment is important, I just switch browsers and try again. I don't think I've changed anything about my configuration recently. Any thoughts?

(And if you see this, commenting here with Opera worked !?)

({"errorMessages":"The time limit to post has expired. To post, refresh the page and click the button again. Copy your text first, to ensure your text is not lost."})
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 26, 2010 at 10:23am
Finally, something worse than Maury Povich's morbidly obese babies.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on May 26, 2010 at 9:43am


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