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.
Aristotle’s Disciples Meet, Middle Divides Ages
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