Is There Nothing New Under the Sun?
Nothing New Under the Sun
Have you heard that saying before? “There's nothing new under the sun!” I have heard it so much I was beginning to believe it.
It’s difficult to discount an adage that seems to have been around forever. So I did some research to learn just how long ‘forever’ is.
I found an ancient Latin saying: “Sub sole nihil novi est” which translates precisely to “There's nothing new under the sun.”
Then I discovered this entry in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV) 1382
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”
Even one of my favorite writers, Ambrose Bierce, back in the 19th century had his own original version of the saying: “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.” Amen!
Now you may be asking what provoked this flight of fantasy. I received an email with a video that is so outstanding from a Hubbuddy of mine, DeGreek, that I wanted to share it with everyone who may have missed it.
As I watched, laughing all the way, I realized the song that this symphonic orchestra was playing was a very, very old song from way back in the 1950s. Jerry Lewis was the proficient typist in the original film. Take a look for yourself.
Cliches we use
So this second video is not 'new under the sun' but it is exceptionally funny. Take a look and watch another outstanding comedic talent playing ‘The Typewriter Song.’
That’s when I had this flash of insight. Yes, there may be nothing new under the sun but there are countless ways to make the old new and very interesting again. Do you agree?
BTW . . . Ambrose Bierce was more than an original writer. He was a prognosticator. One of my favorite quotes of his is: “War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.”
Amen, unfortunately, to that, too.
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