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Is there really nothing new under the sun?
Do you believe everything that is, once was? Is it true that there is nothing new under the sun?
I don't believe it. If it were true, there would no new inventions and we can see new ones pop up every day. Sure, a lot of things might be simply recycled ideas to make them better or someone taking two old ideas and combining them into one, but I think that still makes something new.
From a material aspect I suppose it is true. After all anything one could make would come from various components which already existed it's just a matter of assembling them in a different way.
As for events I guess it could be argued as well that nothing is new. We don't know how the grand canyon came to be or how they pyramids were built without the use of modern machines. Maybe UFOs or aliens have been visiting this planet for billions of years! Who knows no one is here to bear witness everything that ever occurred on the planet. Having said that we do know man has killed man, wars have been around forever, prostitution, drugs, the rise and fall of nations have all been documented. If one is a believer of the bible they also believe the world was destroyed once before so even if that happens it won't be the (first) time. :-)
Sun rises every day. The act itself isn't new, yet every sunrise individually is unique. Each has a different color to the light, pattern of the clouds, or smell in the air. In fact, I think you could argue that even if you lived almost to infinity, you'd never see the exact same sunrise twice. Does it diminish simply because its similar? I don't know, I think that depends on the mind of the viewer.
Truth is, I think it might actually be possible that no two things are exactly alike. Even mass produced goods which roll off an assembly line have microscopic (or even macroscopic) variations in their structure.
I had a professor who made that sort of a comment to the class once. I found it horrifying. Even if the realist in me will admit that there is a lot of sameness in the world, I sure as heck don't want to embrace that notion. Give me dreams and magic. Take kisses for instance. Realistically, they have some mechanical redundancy, but are they ever exactly the same? Are they ever the same enough to stop doing them? Who knows, but I'd rather spend a lifetime trying to find that out than to concede that they might be and stop now. If I am wrong, well, I'll die wrong but very, very happy.
Beautiful! Yes, our experiences and unique existence are new. Thank you for that view point, it does give a more hopeful perspective.
I was thinking more of technology, society living, the mystery of what came before. Are we repeating what was?
Everything is new!
There are an infinite possible combinations. If I had a perfectly exact clone, we would occupy two distinctly different locations in space and would thus have uniquely different experiences, even if we were attached at the hip.
The idea that there is nothing new is based on the idea that things are similar. But they are never perfectly the same.
Everything under the sun is just a repetition and an innovation of the old things and ways or manner of doing. Everything is made with the same materials found under the sun. The same minds worked and evolve. Those considered advanced technology and having seemingly new usages are actually just responses to the needs of the time. What is permanent is man's insatiable needs that trigger him to discover new ways to satisfy his needs. There had always been advanced technology in any given era they only differ in forms but the objective is the same..."to meet man's needs and satisfy man's curriousity in any given time", nothing is new.
Except for ever-changing technology, no. Everything else, nature, humanity, God, all remain the same.
All things exist perfect in its being as the first day of its creation.
Here in time we see images of these things. Now being images they portray the original, but not entirely. They are influenced by time, and their existence is cycled...
So they become, they age , they dies, they are renewed infinitely until time ceases.
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