In America, everyone’s a Cynic. The worst of them, the Dark Cynics, paste over reality with their dark vision, a black hole from which nothing escapes. Hello, Neocons. Others are Cynics of Pretension, the ascetics, those who strive to remain clean in a dirty world. Their fantasies of purity compete only with their fear of falling prey to the many worldly seductions.
I suppose these humans are sacrifices, so that better kinds of Cynics might emerge? So Nietzsche-speak says. Why then do I not see these exalted Cynics?
Free your Mind! Free your Mind? Free it from what? The free man feels no shackles. The free man need not free himself.
Would you like to kill these Cynics? Its easy, friends – the dark Cynic is destroyed by light – by a vision even he cannot deny. The ascetic is destroyed not by seduction – his perception is exalted by seduction. The ascetic is destroyed by integrity – by a proud world. Corruption leads to asceticism.