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Aristotle’s Disciples Meet, Middle Divides Ages
by Marc L Latham
Monday, September 16, 2013
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A Folding Mirror poem comparing the philosophies of Diogenes and Nietzsche, who both stressed the importance of self knowledge and independent thinking. They were both influenced by Aristotle.


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


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/26/2013
Your verses elicit thought, Marc. Thank you for sharing them. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Marc Latham 9/23/2013
Thanks for your reviews and kind words John, Budd, Edward, Ronald and Robert.

Yes, there is much more to learn from Aristotle, Diogenes and Nietzsche, and many people might not know anything.

I tried to focus on the central point, which I thought they shared quite closely, thousands of years apart.

Hopefully the poem will inspire readers to learn more about them and examine their beliefs. I started off with Philip Stokes's 100 Essential Thinkers, and think it's a good introduction.
Reviewed by Robert Whitford 9/22/2013
What mastery we acheive over ourselves or other outside forces, is solely because of ourselves. We are all influenced by Aristotle to an extent. The original thinker he was. That speaks well of us on some levels that we have preserved the wisdom of the past and learned from it. But only some of us. You need only look at the news of the day to see we have not learned as a species. Just individuals who are lost in this wave of violence and ignorance that engulfs us. But that is just the pessimist inside me speaking. From chaos some good "could" emerge. A very thoughtful if rarified poem Marc. I enjoyed it but some may find the obscure references challenging if they are not as well read as others. A poem not for everyone? Perhaps, but with an important message at its core. I enjoyed the read and forgive me if I carried on too long. Bob
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/17/2013
Great thoughts from great minds. Most importantly, that we think for ourselves and not let others think for us.

Reviewed by Edward Phillips 9/17/2013
You've distilled some great minds into a very few words.
And very well. And the symmetry of their display is appealing.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/17/2013
be yourself
Reviewed by John Domino 9/16/2013
Very artistic creative poetic words. Bravo!
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