You're saying that Diogenes is thwarting his own happiness. Which is clear to everyone but himself, unless of course he's playing everyone for the fun of it. Which, considering this forum, is entirely possible.
Maybe it is. A weird thing I've thought for a while now. How can anyone ever think about themselves dispassionately enough to have introspection? I think were all too connected with our selves to know how our own subconscious works. So I don't think introspectively, and don't know if that's something I didn't develop on my own, or if that's an artificial construct people think they are capable of.
I'm not playing anyone. I am pretty much myself on here. I've posted my number, real name, email address, and there people who know me here from real life, or from my facebook that includes my family, friends, students, et al.