The Day the Cynic Died

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

There's the famous tale of the birth of the narcissist. *

I'm sure you've heard it many times, but if I'm going to say it, it should be with all the embellishments.

There was this man let's call him Prof. Narcissist, yes definitely a professor, a man who was so narcissistic he wouldn't have it any other way then to make it his life's goal to impart his narcissistic tendencies on to others.

One bright, hot spring day, the professor was walking in the forest thinking about himself.


When he happened upon a lake, a bright, beautiful lake that reflected his self proclaimed charisma and success.

That's one lucky lake.

The story goes that the professor was so obsessed with himself that he remained to gaze at his reflection until he couldn't anymore.

He was dead.

The day the narcissist was born.

I thought who else must've died that day by this lake of extremity. Who else lost the value of life being so absorbed in their narrow view of things. I'm sure if you zoom out of the picture, you would see a bunch of bodies, one of which had to be the cynic.

I mean it's a hot day outside, and he's probably looking for water for hours, but he would never drink the same waters that were open to the public. Only naive people would fall for that being water worth drinking. Not me, I'm not just going to fall for anything you put in front of me. Opportunities are not what you say they are, and truths are not as good as they seem.

Keep your water. I'm not naive enough to think it will help.

Surrounded by a lake of very drinkable water, the cynic kept his pride but lost his life.

The day the cynic died.

Why haven't we heard of any others at the lake that day?

That's obvious.

The only other person there was our favorite narcissist.

And we know what happened to him.

*For the sake of accuracy, this is a story from Greek mythology. The story is not about a professor; instead a young man named Narcissus. Also, the cause of his death was a bit different than how it's described here.

However, the points in both versions are virtually identical, and greek mythology isn't real anyway, so no need to worry.


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