Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 22, Part 22

Trey Smith

Jan Ch'iu asked Confucius, "Is it possible to know anything about the time before Heaven and earth existed?"

Confucius said, "It is - the past is the present."

~ Burton Watson translation ~
In many ways, what is happening right now has happened before. It probably didn't happen precisely in the same manner, but the general gist was the same. Just from the standpoint of human life, all of us have had to breath, eat, drink, sleep, shit and piss. This is as true for the earliest humanoid as it is for you or me in this day and age.

While human societies have become more complex over the generations, the core issues we deal with have never changed and I doubt they ever will.

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