December 26th, 2017

In learning there is mastery but no masters. We may conquer some small corner of the Universe, we may come to understand all that we think there is to know about that corner, but there will always be someone—like Giordano Bruno—who looks and says, wait, the corner is an illusion and we must explore what is beyond. Clarke’s First Law—When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, they are almost certainly right. When they state that something is impossible, they are very probably wrong—is always relevant. Lucius Annaeus Seneca understood the principle more than 2,000 years ago.

“Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides. Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized. And there is plenty of it left even for posterity to discover.” —Seneca. p. 12

From How To Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy To Live A Modern Life by Massimo Picliucci


Found in my electronic chapbook.

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