Cynicism and the buggy codes of life (First Part) ⇒ Kirno Sohochari

How I’m living
Nikhilesh, just visit to see how I’m living,
Is it human-birth? Or the end dice of
Priest and skeleton! Each evening
Wind whirls in my heart, blood
disdained the heart; I seated beside man’s feet doggie,
See the dog within himself.
[Partial translation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s poem How I’m living]

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Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1860


Cynicism is a silent nuisance against vivid resonance of life. Cynical approach considered disturbing to the society members who used to follow the moral codes of a society. Man cannot survive lonely. He needed to stay connected for his own sake.
Sometime it could be essential for human staying alone, but only sometime and not evermore. Man cannot stay alone evermore, he need association to survive. As Aristotle once manifested that, “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.” People treated society essential for their safety, mobility and unification, in where cynical approach reacts opposite to all these essentials.

Cynicism can be comparable with deftly taken photograph. An artful photograph is a silent rendition of light and shadows. Typical meaning and fixity of photographed subject distorted by unexpected metaphors. Cynical word or maxim reflects photographic agony of societal face, where unexpected action and criticism tainted the usual face with substantial meaning. Substantial wording of cynicism maybe heard disturbing and blasphemous to its target people, because cynical wording break the conventional meaning of any action, which was perhaps belongs and practiced by individual or group in a society.

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Cynicism has a variety of route and diversion. Sometime it is looked analogical with pessimism, where cynical approach burst out with anti-establishment anger. Denounce of social action probably appeared there as only weapon to deny or neglects the despotic chain of social binding. Cynic is the rater of society’s action (generally applied and controlled by the operators of society and state) according his own proclamation. A cynic doesn’t bother anybody. He does not care who is saying what about him. He is the self-declared criticizer of social action, usually taken for society’s safety, unity and mobility.

Cynic likes to interpret him as a carefully careless watchdog of society’s attitude and movement. He has lacking of faith that, man-made society is honest to its objective ensure justice and oneness in a society. Cynic is a self-proclaimed critic and rejecter of moral codes and its application in society’s life.


… Cynicism divided the society by genuine and hoax, where cynic always signified his position with simplicity and naturalism. Whether it’s true or not is a different context, but cynical insolence feel comfort to see that, people treated cynic as troublemaker to their habitual life-burden… It’s a process of reading frozen silence, an interpretation of muted mutes, and polyphonic conversation of tacit action done by human creature…


Criticism treated medication to a cynic; he takes it as his only lifeline motive for resistance and survival. Means cynic lives here criticize the system for his self-interest. He wanted to exist in a society according his free will, wished to reside remote from the prearranged reality of social life pattern. Yonder man is a solo existence; he treated social livelihood is arranged, hoaxed and insipid for natural living. Cynical criticism fights ensure its freedom of choice against the imposed chain of a society. Chain belongs everywhere but cynical approach tried to tear apart the chain through its self-rejection process, in where criticism appeared a lethal weapon to a cynic.

Cynical wording is the lifetime criticism of humanly action which cynic consider wrong for ideal living. Cynic disparaged self-made moral action of human; because he thinks it creates division and seized human-self under some arranged or ascribed moral precondition. Cynicism read the precondition in negative eyes, judged it as disciplined punishment for human-soul. True cynic believes every moral action of society imprisoned human in permanent slavery, because it always implemented there just reverse order. People live in a society where existence of good action is conditional and usually rated by the opposite bad action. Society’s good meant vis-à-vis action and reaction of positive and negative forces and it is as like the following diagram:

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Human society cannot consider an action is legal in absence of illegal, in where positive move for the society depended on negative move first to prove its true existence. That means positive action in man-made society never be existed without negative, where values of “goodness, honesty and so on” rated by the active presence of “badness, dishonesty and so on”.

The dependency-chain is an indication that, model of human society based on reverse order of “doing bad thing first to achieve a good thing”. If presence of negative action is essential for positive, then how it is possible ensures equality, justice and peace for all members in a society? Question maybe sounds ambiguous, but cynic takes it valid examines the moral objective of society. He thinks people fight against slavery and disparity and often they forget to fight against the system that creates synthetic moral codes in a society. Human society builds a system going against nature; they made it ignoring the basic animalism that is existed in human nature too.

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Cynicism discovers its attachment with animalism. Human is animal but prefers a distance with other animals. They defined them as human, where rest is defined animal according definition. Man builds his own moral definition to differentiate his status noble than animal. Animalistic behavior and its presence in any human treated bad and negative in yonder definition. It doesn’t like to see a human being is bearing animal’s behavior in his mind and attitude. In lieu of, man-made definition denounced animalistic behavior in human. Violent behavior of any person in a society always compared by animal’s behavior and treated negative to his fellows.


… man is not more noble and honest than other animals. A street dog is perhaps more honest and freed in its living than any self-proclaimed civilized person. Human divided the world into wild/savage and civilized/progressed, that was maybe not necessary, because every creature is organic in light of its natural instinct for survival…


Behave like animal is obscene in human’s world; they use swearwords symbolizes the obscenity of yonder person. Swearwords often applied there relating animal’s natural behavior. An animal is not liable for this behavior; his behavior reflects some organic features he adapted from the long race of natural evolution. Human is well concerned about it, even though they frequently uses swearwords related with animals. “Son of a bitch, Fucking Bastard, Dirty Pig, Doggie Asshole, Swine Beast, Filthy Brute” and thousands other wording often and again used by human to indicate the heinous activity of that target person in a society.

Human race feels discomfort see them in a mirror of animal’s behavior. They measured them highly intelligent, advance, progressive, civilized and divine than any other creatures in the world. Civilized human is mercurial to omit the chapter where some members of the society tried to remind the truth that human was also apeman in the remotest part. Yes, they were the part of wild and savage kingdom; evolved and developed here according natural evolution and genetic adaptation.

Genetic subset (DNA Sharing) of human creature keeps similarity with ape species; even they contain great similarity with the remotest mammals and reptiles, despite their eye-catching progress in compare with other species. Some curious members of human society discovered the sequencing that signals the analogical features of human and animals, in where ratio of DNA sharing indicates the far long closeness of human with other species.

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Yonder similarity doesn’t mean human species is only the copycat of pictured animals. It indicates the organic orchestration and coherence of creatures. They evolved in nature carried some common genetic features, but each of them adapted there in different context. Pictured animals adapted according their aptitude and capability towards adaptation, so it is not reasonable declared human race as noble and rest heinous; because, they yet not sure what other animal think about the self-proclaimed nobleness of human in this planet. Cynicism, not regularly but in sometime reminded the fact quoting human-made moral definition about Human and Humanity, Manhood and Womanhood, Virility and Humanism, and even the Animalism too.

Cynical wording remind that humanism developed its own moral codes stands opposite to the nature-oriented animalism; though there is lot common things even exists between human and its descent ancestral partner. Chimps and Human not only share the same DNA set, they also came from the common ancestral root. Similarity between chimps and human is yet eye striking, as Kate Mulachy mentioned in her article. She mentioned ten similar capacities of two great species. According Kate’s analysis, both species are identical in some common capacities. She mentioned it in reversal order and that is:

10. Number of Species; 9. DNA sequencing; 8. Brain Size; 7. Sociability; 6. Language and Facial Expressions; 5. Diet; 4. Sex life; 3. Walking upright; 2. Eyes; and 1. Tool uses.

Human advanced far using the organic features if we compare chimp’s progress. This progress could help human to survive better but it’s not logical to think that human race is more grandeur than chimps or other animals; rather it is far reasonable to consider the risk factors that maybe appeared later a main reason for human-extinctions to this planet. Comparable wording such as “God and Evil”, “Good and Bad”, “Divine and Heinous”, “Progressed and Regressed” etc. is not created here by chimps or any other species, because nature is impartial about those wording.


… Humanism and animalism work in separate conception. Animalism is the absence of centeredness. Actions rotate there in cyclic order without any presence of nucleus nature. This autonomy makes useless the necessity of reversal moral codes, created by human society later…


Animalism acted beyond over the yonder comparison. Nothing is good or bad in nature. Everything is just organic there. Nature evolved Beings follows the sequences of struggle, resist, haunting, fighting, breeding, lovemaking and finally adaptation for sake of self-survival. Life also social in nature but it is different to the moral-bonded togetherness of human society, where nothing played as center to rule other.

Humanism and animalism work in separate conception. Animalism is the absence of centeredness. Actions rotate there in cyclic order without any presence of nucleus nature. This autonomy makes useless the necessity of reversal moral codes, created by human society later. Inborn animalism defined itself with a simple equation and that is:

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Cynical pessimism tried to remind the impartial state of natural life by its anarchic wording.

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Cynicism has deep similarity with anarchism. Cynic is not anarchic in his own lifestyle and perception, even he sometime criticizes anarchism due to its blind force of destruction, but his stoical approach and wording contained inner flame of anarchic desire. Both of them wanted to be free from the prearranged chain of societal manipulation. Distinction between cynic and anarchist is sheer, one (anarchist) tried to reorganize the society by proposed new law and order, whereas another (cynic) tried to swim in the order that is stoical to obey any order or discipline in a society, because order and disorder is concluded here with same fate at end.

Yes, cynicism was appears once the key provocateur of stoicism. Life deserves little for living but self-made progress made the little giant. This is the root-cause of all evil desire. Anarchist tried to manipulate it after destruction. Stoic ignored it taking impartial stance to the desires, and cynic just mocked it taking satirical posture. The followers of three ism played their rule in human society as chatterbox. They lived here to live an individual life instead social. Their action reflects eagerness of freed for forever. It reminded the biblical past when Adam and Eve once freed in God’s Garden before provoked by evil curiosity and desire.

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Cynic tries to be free from the approved definition of human-society. He denied Aristotle’s definition according his own recognition that, man is not more noble and honest than other animals. A street dog is perhaps more honest and freed in its living than any self-proclaimed civilized person. Human divided the world into wild/savage and civilized/progressed, that was maybe not necessary, because every creature is organic in light of its natural instinct for survival. Dog follows organic rules of nature. This four-footed animal never tried to manipulate the rule as man does to prove his grand excellence amid others. Human creature made self-deceptive moral codes to dominate others, even within the human race too.


… Distinction between cynic and anarchist is sheer, one (anarchist) tried to reorganize the society by proposed new law and order, whereas another (cynic) tried to swim in the order that is stoical to obey any order or discipline in a society, because order and disorder is concluded here with same fate at end…


Dog perhaps deserves excellence if we consider the self-deception and self-controversy of any resident in human society. Yonder resident dedicated his life chase behind the false moral codes only for self-gratification and domination. Humanism perhaps more deceptive than animalism, since animal is in-cognizant about the dual binary perception of God and evil, true and false, civilized and savage, theist and atheist, rich and poor, honest and dishonest and lot other moral-oriented binary contradiction of human intelligence. All this intelligence gave him nothing but a pretentious claim that “Man is above all true, and nothing is rest above him”.

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Cynical stance sometime played positive rule in a society. It appeared revolutionary in sometime, where society motivated by cynical approach and tried to leave conventional moral codes for society’s sake. However, most time cynical approach create nuisance and discarded by people. Reason is simple there; people always prefer safety rather than revolt. They attracted by the stance of cynic or anarchist, feel amused to see stoic, but rarely felt urge to act like them. Civilization is cliché resonance of systematic order, discipline and punishment, where every action is predefined according the table of contentsHuman creature is bound to follow the index chart, in where one life decisive positive action depended on to the life threatening negative action, where human means: 

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Cynical approach differed with the fabricated definition. It imagines itself beyond over the interlinked existence of good and bad, distrust the overlapping tendencies of these twos in human life, where…

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Cynic proclaimed his denial to stay good or bad, instead of, he represents the natural state of…

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He treated this state as genuine for human and tried to stay on equal state, as Diogenes once tried to live this state despite his rage and criticism of societal hoax. Cynicism divided the society by genuine and hoax, where cynic always signified his position with simplicity and naturalism. Whether it’s true or not is a different context, but cynical insolence feel comfort to see that, people treated cynic as troublemaker to their habitual life-burden. He gets pleasure, since this desire served his core objective that social bonding and unification is the other name of fraudulent, where real face lost its identity to masquerade.

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Cynicism is the deep reflection of identity crisis, can be comparable with well-intentioned painting, in where meaning of painted object dismissed the common perception through its allegorical approach. A cynic person is born here not to resonate as usual, in lieu of, he twisted the as usual meaning and practice of life. He outwardly looked negative and people dislike him for his outspoken negativity, but inwardly he motivated by the positive spirit criticizing the fraudulent behavior of human. It’s a process of reading frozen silence, an interpretation of muted mutes, and polyphonic conversation of tacit action done by human creature.

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Cynicism can pull out the tacit action that we hesitate to deliver. Sometime it appeared essential to assess the buggy codes of life, to rectify the cliché resonance of life as well. World is noisy and loaded by myriad action of life. Majority of them is customary and worm-eaten, needed here to bear the life until end. Few of the majority keep values to justify the purpose of life and soon eaten by worm before disappear forever. Out of the majority, sparse of them is essential to consider the objective of life and disturbing for social people to legalize their validity in this planet.


Humanism perhaps more deceptive than animalism, since animal is in-cognizant about the dual binary perception of God and evil, true and false, civilized and savage, theist and atheist, rich and poor, honest and dishonest and lot other moral-oriented binary contradiction of human intelligence… Civilization is cliché resonance of systematic order, discipline and punishment, where every action is predefined according the table of contents…


Disturbing cynical words often born in our surface due to the moral action we take to rule the society. They are flying in the air, swimming into the ocean, crashing to the mountain and floating in the timeless space of mind. They considered sparse and dual, because these words contained literally simple and allegorically infinite meaning of life. They usually stayed amid noise and silence and tried to cross the hurdle of time-and-space. Cynical words not born here to convey the routine resonance, not intended to serve noisy purposes of daily life, instead of they are the silent answer of all noise and resonance, so that we can realize the core meaning of creation in the planet.

Jean-Léon Gérôme’s famous painting of “Diogenes sitting in his tub” reminds us the uncomfortable reality of life. Diogenes was the father figure of cynical jargon, not in just wording; he was cynical in his living as well. Next chapter of this article will follow him to understand the whole perspective of cynicism according past and modern progress of human society.

Readers, I yet not sure about the length of my discussion, probably it’ll continue until I’m not get the answer that, “a cynic is really slept beneath me and everybody’s mind or not, who is perhaps waiting for the sudden moment, burst out to mock with the imposed codes of social life.”

… Sometime it appeared essential to assess the buggy codes of life, to rectify the cliché resonance of life as well…

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