Mirror Poem of Greek and German Philosophy

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by reading about Diogenes of Sinope and Friedrich Nietzsche. They were both influenced by Aristotle (384-322 BC). Diogenes (400-325 BC) was a contemporary of Aristotle, while Neitzsche lived from 1844-1900.

Superman and The Dog

Although over 2000 years apart, and living in very different societies, both believed in questioning their dominant culture, and freeing themselves from doctrines that drained their creative energies.

Nietzsche believed that humanity should free itself from external controls and strong influences while channelling desires for power into creativity.

Diogenes was nicknamed the Dog, because he chose to live with dogs as a beggar. He believed that living that way was more real than within society, and that mastery of the self could not be taken like material possessions.

Power to the People (song)
Power to the People (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aristotle’s Disciples Meet, Middle Divides Ages

rise above
what outside forces expect of you
what power you seek to gain
to create your ideal
to be your ideal creation

self control, humanity’s goal

living at one with nature
creating a visible virtue
a reality within mind and self
that cannot be broken or stolen
outside society

Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-...
Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1860) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).


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