Interview with a Cynic

Figs in Winter
7 min readMar 29, 2024

Ancient observations on consumerism and overconsumption

Statue of Diogenes the Cynic using a lantern to find an honest man with the aid of a dog. Image from

You may noticed that we live in a world of extreme consumerism, where economists are finally beginning to take seriously the problem posed by so-called “externalities,” that is the costs and deleterious effects associated with the production of human goods. There is much talk, nowadays, of growing food locally because of the…