Thursday, August 14, 2008

Athenian Beggar

“When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.”
- Diogenes [412 BCE-323 BCE], a beggar who made his home in the streets of Athens, made a virtue of extreme poverty. He taught contempt for human achievements; his was a relentless campaign to debunk social values and institutions.

An updated reference on this blog to Raphael's School of Athens here.