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…

«Absolute» (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel)

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel used to leave Prussia extremely rarely. And it wasn’t about the prejudiced attitude of the philosopher to long trips and foreign countries. On the contrary, the mighty mind of the thinker has always greedily absorbed new knowledge and impressions. Therefore visiting unfamiliar places and communicating with unique people gave Hegel a true pleasure. However numerous everyday cares deprived him of the opportunity to travel...

«Greatness of the meaning» (Ferdinand de Saussure)

Ferdinand de Saussure confessedly didn't like to deal with issues of family life. Of course, the considerable part of such cares was laid on the shoulders of the scientist’s spouse, and the main household works were performed by servants. But nevertheless the family head was periodically compelled to pay certain attention to problems of housekeeping - to his obvious displeasure. And we should admit that such displeasure was based on strong reasons....

«Images» (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien)

The plump shortish student with freckles on his face and the mop of red unruly hair was experiencing serious difficulties answering to apparently not a difficult question of the teacher. The young man hardly managed to say the non-connected words alternated by long pauses and followed by the convulsive movements of the linked fingers.
The other listeners who filled the room silently looked at the unlucky colleague. And only his funny neighbour looking like a...

Free sea (Hugo Grotius)

The majestic galleon vigorously cleaved through the cold autumn waters of the uneasy North Sea. Two military and three trade vessels of the accompanying group tried not to lag behind the leader considerably. They were insolently fighting the forces of water as well. Sails of the ships were widely blown by the gusting southwest wind condensing and then disseminating the foggy haze over water over and over again. Despite the upcoming twilight and fair rolling,...

«Reformer» (Adolph Diesterweg)

The next meeting of "The All-German union of teachers" that took place on February 17, 1845 has already been lasting for about five hours. In the big hall of the Berlin teachers’ seminary "for public hearings" where the event was held, the report by Adolph Diesterweg called "Public culture as a necessary condition for ensuring quality of education and training" was actively discussed. Behind the closed doors of the hall the dissonant hubbub of a set of...

«Obsession» (Maria Skłodowska-Curie)

Beauty of slopes of Maritime Alps was amazing. The marvelous combination of the ringing heights, crystal shining of snow-covered peaks, emerald vegetation of passes and foothills, patches of light wandering in fancy caves and gorges, and disturbing breath of the Mediterranean merging with the horizon was able to impress even the most pragmatic mind not predisposed to excessive sensitivity…

The man and the woman, holding hands and silently smiling to...

Gifts (Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel)

The crimson summer sun was unwillingly moving down to the horizon and "desperately clinging" to hills, forest tree tops, building roofs and other local heights that still remained in the power of light and warmness for some time as the twilight came down. But the nighttime coolness was unstoppably distributing and in time conquered these "rebellious islands" of presence of the Sun. Finally the Duchy of Brunswick has sunk into the impenetrable darkness decorated...

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