Diogenes of Sinope
He inured himself to the weather by living in a jar
He destroyed the single wooden bowl he possessed on seeing a peasant boy drink from the hollow of his hands
It was contrary to Athenian customs to eat within the marketplace, and still he would eat, for, as he explained when rebuked, it was during the time he was in the marketplace that he felt hungry.
He used to stroll about in full daylight with a lamp; when asked what he was doing, he would answer, “I am just looking for an honest man.”
Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif
The Guantanamo detainee who died this weekend was a 32-year-old Yemeni who had been held at the U.S. detention camp in Cuba ever since it was established a decade ago in January 2002, and whom human rights activists called “the face of indefinite detention at Guantanamo.”
While he was alleged to have been an al Qaeda-trained fighter, the Department of Defense issued an opinion in 2004 that he was “not known to have participated in combatant/terrorist training.”
Latif, who contributed to a 2007 book of poetry by detainees, was one of several “Gitmo” detainees who have been participating in hunger strikes, which have been going on at the camp for years.