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  1. To answer this question, let's first understand what the “modern view of cynicism” is, and we will develop the idea from it.

    Ozhegov's dictionary says that cynicism is ” an impudent, shameless behavior and attitude towards something, imbued with disregard for the norms of public morality.” With this definition, anic cynics, perhaps, may well be called cynics in the modern sense of the word: they disdained the norms of public morality, considering them limiting human freedom.

    Another thing is that for the ancient Cynics this was not an end in itself. Behind the cynical disregard for the norms of public morality was a philosophical concept that aimed at finding freedom, realizing one's innate potential, and freeing oneself from the stereotypes and restrictions imposed by society. The kiniks had their own ethics, and this ethics was in many ways more strict than the hypocritical attitude to the lives of many ” respectable citizens “of that time, which was the object of criticism from the kiniks, and the image of the kinik as an immoral person was largely the result of, so to speak,”black PR”.

    By the way, if we talk about contemporary art, the most striking example of the hero-“kinik” seems to me the main character of “Fight Club”.

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