The Death of Diogenes


When asked how he wished to be buried, Diogenes left instructions to be thrown over the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body.

When asked if he minded this, he said, “Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!”

When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied “If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?”

- Cicero, Tusculanae Quaestiones, 1, 42.

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