There is a great admiration for Alexander the Great around the world not to mention what he is like in Greece. Though very little we know or talk about Diogenes, the man for whom once Alexander said “If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.” And if you are not aware who this Diogenes was, a cynical beggar who describe himself as “I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels.”
Now I am not writing this crap on two men died around 2300 years ago to remember their greatness, on the contrary I have reservations on the greatness of Alexander; though still I admire him as one of the greatest Military Commander but not as a great human being; but to ponder on the lighter side what could have made Alexander to live like Diogenes if he had not been Alexander the Great.
Bhootnath, one of my friend at E-Panchayat (don’t ask me what’s that), said fools seldom differ 🙂 I have nothing but to agree with Bhootnath, considering how Plato described the Diogenes “A Socrates gone mad”.
Alexander was no doubt the greatest military commander, much has been written about his military campaigns, his conquests and his study under Aristotle, but nothing exist on why he wish to be Diogenes.
And as the destiny decided both Alexander and Diogenes died on the same day at different parts of the world, Alex just 32 and Diogenes nearly 90, it seems Alex never got time to be Diogenes.