Omnia mutantur, nihil interit…(Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.)

Isn’t this sad? – “Time Clipping Cupid’s
Wings”(1694), oil on canvas by Pierre Mignard

Socrates might have been taking into account the ability of those closest to us to hurt us the most, as well as love us the best, when he formulated his symmetric ethic: you have a capacity to do a certain amount of good, which is always accompanied by the ability to do a similar amount of evil.
“I only wish it were so, Crito, that the many could do the greatest evil; for then they would also be able to do the greatest good—and what a fine thing this would be!”-Socrates
If you came to see me, I might discuss Kierkegaard’s thoughts on coping with death, Ayn Rand’s ideas on the virtue of selfishness, or Aristotle’s advice to pursue reason and moderation in all things. We might look into decision theory, the I Ching (Book of Changes), or Kant’s theory of obligation. Some people like the authoritative approach of Hobbes, for example, while others respond to a more intuitive approach, like Lao Tzu’s. We might explore their philosophies in depth…We are especially vulnerable when we are low on faith, knowledge or confidence, as so many of us are who feel we can’t find all the answers in religion or in science. Throughout this century, a widening abyss has opened beneath us as, religion has retreated, science has advanced, and meaning has expired. Most of us don’t see the abyss until we haven in into. Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody, only that, some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

Author: mydoina

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Gustav Jung-

20 thoughts on “Omnia mutantur, nihil interit…(Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.)”

  1. ‘religion has retreated, science has advanced, and meaning has expired’. Very aptly put in one phrase. Congrats.
    Religion is one of mankind’s strongest illusion. And has killed millions.
    Science should deal with facts, which is good. But then the Lancet publishes an article based on a “trumped up” data base of 96,000 cases? Tsss, tsss. I once heard of a programme by the University of Louvain that allos graduate students to do only a few uestionnaires. 30. 50. Then the programme generates large samples, 1,000, 2,000, to allow the students to work advanced statistics and techniques that require a large sample. I have heard rumours that some research agencies do exactly that: do a 100 questionnaires, run them through the programme and charge the client for a 1,000 ingterviews…
    Meaning? Let’s go back to Camus and the Absurd… Or is meaning linked to Ethics. (The latter has apparently died around the turn of the century… No obituary.
    Thank you for your reflections as always. Stay safe.

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    1. Thank you ! I think that the greatest problem of humanity is the lack of meaning, the lack of purpose, the answer to the big question “why am I here?” …Any answer from anywhere is more than nothing … the problem is that neither religion nor science nor philosophy has all the answers …The truth is that human beings have told stories about miracles and other kinds of magical thinking for as long as we have been telling stories. Freed from the laws of physics and biology, our tales of magic are wild and wonderful and much loved, even when they terrify us. Why do we find the idea of ​​magic so appealing? The answer may not be as exciting as the stories themselves, but it is pretty cool: We humans are inventors. We have taken over this planet by innovating. But in order to invent new technologies or come up with innovative solutions to challenging problems, we must first be able to want something that doesn’t exist and then imagine that it does … We are explorers who boldly go where no one has gone before. We launch ourselves into uncharted territories, seeking hazy destinations visible only to the mind’s eye. Some of us die during this quest, but the rest of us thrive because of it …… the universe repeats itself, history is a moving circle, it will never exhaust its utopias, but will resume them differently, related to the imaginary. Only the magic formula remains the same: Wish It, Dream It, Believe It, Do It! 🙂 Have a nice week and stay healty!

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      1. Religion, to me, is just a myth that succeeded. It does include all the elements of magic. AND an explanation of the world. “Sun goes from East to West on the solar ship.” Done. Explained. Go find your your food. 😉 (And don’t forget the priests, I mean the Gods!)
        Agreed about our inventiveness. Now that very trait has often gone against magic (and religion) Let’s remember Galileo.
        And in the end, we stay with a pair of shoes that say “(Just) do it.” So Nike is the New (Balance) Magic… 😉
        Thank you for your thoughts. I’m going to start saving them in a file…
        Stay safe too.

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      2. 😊… Actually in ancient Greek civilization, Nike was a goddess who personified victory. Her Roman equivalent was Victoria.
        I’m not sure what kind of shoes she wore but I’m pretty sure they looked fancy..😊😄

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      3. Had to look her up. Niké. (Had to be). whose representation as the Victory of Samothrace is on of my favourite pieces in the Louvre.
        I wonder whether Nike (aka Nai-kee) took their name form her?

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      4. Star? I remember templum, templa. Astrum, astra? Hmmm. But then ad astra would be “Datif”? Hmmm. No. Ad + accusatif. So it makes sense… My Latin is hopeless… 🤣

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      5. I can read a bit of Latin, but I really forgot most of it. I probably mentioned Latin helped me learn languages. The notion of “radical” helps you identify the hidden core of a word. Then the rest is easier. Still I wish I had done more latin…
        Ciao, ciao

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      6. Interesting. The 1st word that came to mind was “Aspero” in Spanish, âpre in French. So the meaning would be: “through ‘difficulty’ to the stars”? Thank you.

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      7. Asperități / Aspru/ aspră in Romanian, .. “Ad astra per aspera ‘is a Latin expression that appears in verse 437 of Seneca’s tragedy” Hercules Furioso” 😉

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      8. Of course, why not? The Mad Hercules is a fabula crepidata (Roman tragedy with Greek subject), Unfortunately, only nine have survived intact, all by Seneca. Thank you for your interest and time to read what I write! Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur.😊❤️

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      9. Your writing is the sign of an interesting minf. Amicus certus? A good, solid, sure friend? In re incerta? In uncertain thing(s). Cernitur… I will have to check.

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