Why would anyone live in a clay barrel, when the riches were presented as an option to him? Why would anyone look around for a man, with a candle in a broad daylight when all he got were spineless morons? Why would anyone reject societal norms and beliefs while remaining in the midst of the society?
Philosophy suits well to everybody but only when it is limited to theories ornamented with texts. But then the society got a man who practised philosophy but of a different kind. The kind that made the same man a mere dog or a cynic.
Now the definition of cynicism that perpetuates today, albeit negatively, is somewhat different than what Diogenes practised. Cynicism, today, is considered synonymous to pessimism and misanthropy. But he never claimed that human beings are unworthy, although his actions did portray the same to the society. The very society which hates any kind of divergence from its customs and traditions. And a society never accepts divergent.
And this is the reason why Diogenes loathed society yet remained in it. He had faith in humanity to break the chains of customs, rules and even religion and be in harmony with nature.
The later part of the story shows how Alexander, the great, who had conquered half of the world sought him on the streets. Upon finding Diogenes, Alexander asks him to demand whatever he wanted. And in answer,surprisingly, Diogenes did want something! He wanted his freedom of receiving light which Alexander so arrogantly blocked while standing in pride, in front of him.
Diogenes was a man free from any worldly desires, free from any bondage, unrealistic expectations and predominantly free from prejudice and blind faith. He deliberately made his life harsh so as to enjoy the subtle bliss of the nature. What could have Alexander the great offered him which he didn't already have? He had already achieved happiness in his own terms.
Cynicism in the realm of philosophy has a broad definition and I do not accept everything that is presented under its sun, for I am a cynic as well. A cynic who questions even the cynicism.
And to ask why and why not is the core philosophy of cynicism that I accept. I may not get answers to all my questions but that doesn't stop me from asking more of such. Sometimes I do feel like shouting out to the world to keep asking questions, to keep distrusting any kind of faith and structured propaganda until one has got all the answers to or has died trying for the same.
But I do not want to shout out loud, for unlike Diogenes I believe in the futility of imposing one's belief on other human beings by mockery, sarcasm and burning some candles on a broad daylight.