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The most charismatic leader of all time meets Diogenes, the ascetic philosopher
Alexander had it all, Diogenes had chosen to have nothing at all. Alexander the Great (4th century BC) had conquered all the world known to men. Diogenes was a cynic ascetic philosopher, who chose to possess nothing but a barrel in which to sleep. Intrigued to meet this peculiar fellow, Alexander went to call on him. Dressed in shining armour, he walked up to the barrel and said to Diogenes, who was sunning: “I can do anything you ask of me, what do you require of Alexander the Great?” Diogenes replied: “Could you move over a bit? You’re blocking my sun.” While Alexander’s many followers were laughing at the moroseness of the philosopher, Alexander is said to have been so struck by this that he said: “If I weren’t Alexander, I should like to be Diogenes”. Alexander valued Wisdom profoundly but also seemed quite glad to be successful and powerful nonetheless!