Since Ender’s Game I’ve been wanting to look up Diogenes

by Andrea Elizabeth

I wonder if it is possible to share Diogenes’s cynicism about civilization but keep manners. Manners is usually held as synonymous with civilization, civility, and polite society. I don’t think that is right because civilization can be corrupt and primitive people can be polite. Polite politics? Bah. You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

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