I’m reading a lot of Hellenistic philosophy at the moment, research for a book on the history of philosophy. I just found something wonderful I’d forgotten about in Diogenes Laertius’ Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers. In his treatment of Pyrrho — an ancient sceptic, possibly the first, operating around 300 BCE — we learn:
“He used to clean all the furniture of the house without expressing any annoyance. And it is said that he carried his indifference so far that he even washed a pig.”
I know of no contemporary philosopher who would wash a pig if that’s where the argument led him.