Hypothetics: everlasting stories

Did the events we are going to tell you about really take place in history? It is hard to be sure. If they really did happen, then they have undoubtedly made their contribution to the collective formation of social culture and ethics. On the other side, if such facts did not take place in the past and these stories were only a side product of the historical process – just a fiction, then it would still be surely possible to find similar stories in the centuries-old social memory… The essence of things is always there, available for us, but it becomes truly ours in various forms only as our mind and spirit become ready for it…

«Aggressive development» (Ralph Dahrendorf)

It was traditionally noisy at a pre-Christmas meeting of the House of Lords of Great Britain in 1994. At the same time, the legislative activity of lords itself was quite inert: few members of the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom dispersed all over the area of the spacious hall and enthusiastically discussed peripetias of preparation for the forthcoming holiday in small groups. This subject was obviously dominating over issues of the...

"Stumbling block" (Rudolf Diesel)

- If we don’t increase the engine efficiency we won't be able to increase its power and, thereby, to create something essentially new in machinery! – Rudolf Diesel exclaimed with disappointment. He quickly picked up a stone from the ground and in a fit of temper threw it to the lake the coastline of which was three meters from the inventor's feet. – How many devices have already been ruined because of the overpressure in the cylinder?

- One basic...

"The theory of hopelessness" (Karl Marx)

After long and hard living under oppression of police shadowings and political prosecutions in Prussia, France and Belgium, the Marx family was forced to immigrate to London. The capital of Great Britain met Karl Marx – the world-famous ideologist of revolutionary moods, his spouse Jenny and their children with traditional for this island state moderately warm summer with long alternating periods of sunny and rainy days. Such vicissitudes of local weather were...

«Energy» (Leslie Alvin White)

Leslie Alvin White was actively interested in all aspects of public life not only in the USA, but also far outside his country. Being the good expert in social processes at the same time he avoided any elements of open publicity in his own life in every possible way. Every time when professor had to state his scientific views and everyday comments not among colleagues or in university audiences, but in his contacts with the public representatives, he felt...

«Arts» (Jacob Burckhardt)

In the first floor hall of the main building of the University of Basel voices of the arguing people sounded and this sound was unexpectedly loud for such quite a Puritan institution. Despite fairly late evening, the educational institution was still full of students and teachers preparing for future lectures and seminars in library halls and laboratories. Meanwhile, the noisy discussion of a group of men being settled down near a big stained glass...

«Individuality» (Abraham Maslow)

- Hey, I am not urging you to consider everyone without any exceptions to be mentally healthy in absolute expression a priori! - With some vehemence, but also with the traditional smile on his face Abraham Maslow tried to present his innovative ideas to colleagues attending the methodical meeting of the Brooklyn College Psychology faculty. – Everybody has own behavioural peculiarities and mental flaws. But after all it doesn't mean that we have to take...

«Experiences» (Erich Fromm)

Erich Fromm used to have long walks in the picturesque park of the city of Locarno located near the northern coast of the Alpine lake of Lago Maggiore. We can’t say that the scientist liked spending a lot of time in the open air, but this was the insistance of his attending physicians. The moderate soft climate of the southern Switzerland, as well as the procedures in balneological resorts not far from Locarno, influenced the rocky Fromm's health...

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