Friday, October 20, 2006



Diogenes was a Greek philosopher back in the time of Socrates who was a cynic and was said to have searched his entire life for an honest man. He carried a lantern in his search but was never able to find an honest person, rather he exposed the vanity and selfishness of man. Diogenes is one of my heroes, along with Mark Twain. Alexander the Great is reported to have said, “ If I was not Alexander, I would want to be Diogenes.”
We need a modern Diogenes to search for a pure and honest clergyman. He would already have given up on finding an honest politician. I suspect he would have trouble finding the clergyman. Every day we hear a new disgusting story. The latest is that Mark Foley, congressman from Florida, who recently resigned because of a sex scandal involving a house page claims he was molested by a clergyman when he was a boy. Turns out that this is probably true. The priest was found this week living on an island off Malta which is just south of Sicily. He is 68 years old and is still active in the priesthood. He admitted that he and Foley were naked together in a sauna when Foley was 13. There was a little massaging going on but no sex. Is there anyone who is pure and honest anymore? The modern Diogenes would likely have the same result as the Greek philosopher.

2 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Wright said...

So true!

8:00 AM  
Blogger jeff ludwick said...

I'm afraid that if old Diogenes was here today with a portable power plant and enough lanterns to light up Houston he would be out of luck. Maybe he COULD get on the take on the Trans Texas Corridor deal, though. A little hush money, if nothing else.

12:08 PM  

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