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…

Roots

We do not know when did this happen exactly. But once long before Christ a lonesome traveler, driven to exhaustion by the broiling sun and bumps of an uneven road, lay down in the shadow of an ancient oak tree. It was a hot day and different animals, birds and insects have found a shelter from the sun in massive branches of the tree. Animals not only have found a protection from the heat but also an opportunity to satisfy their hunger right inside the crown of a...

Temperance (Mark Tullius Cicero)

Once, in spring of the year 63 B.C. the Roman Consul met a sunrise as always during his walk in Senate outskirts. The face of the dignitary was hidden by a hood sinking in the darkness and was almost invisible before the sun rose over a colonnade of the powerful public body. The grandee walked along a cobblestone road thoughtfully accompanied by several servants and sometimes seemed to be speaking to himself.

So early morning was the time of...

The Ship (Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill)

On October 20, 1911 the Minister of Internal Affairs of Great Britain Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill nervously strolled in one of the lobbies of the Westminster palace. There was nobody in the room and the official was able to repeat the conversation coming soon, grimacing

and gesticulating impudently. And it would be the meeting with the high-ranking dignitary – the Prime Minister Asquith. The chief police officer of the country was excited...

Gentlemen (Charles Robert Darwin)

From time to time looking dejectedly at the heavy evening sky Charles Robert Darwin was walking along one of the Hyde Park twisted tracks. The naturalist’s way took him through an emerald grassy bit of lawn. The path then went deeper into the congestion of park trees and vanished among majestic trunks. On the other side of a small forest area there was the Rotten Row – the Hyde Park central walking path. It was late and in the twilight the shapes of...

The shade of infinity (Einstein)

Einstein loved Switzerland. He considered it totally organic. He used to live in many countries: the United States could be characterized by fast and bright flow of life, Belgium – slow thoughtfulness, Germany – cold orderliness, France – breath of life and impulsiveness... Often in conversations with friends and colleagues Einstein claimed that the relativity theory could only be born in Bern. Certainly, the USA offered considerable prospects and opportunities...

The Trajectory of Evolution (Eric Lennard Berne)

Eric Lennard Berne used to walk slowly in parks filled up with foliage in San Francisco. One evening while walking along the ocean coast of the Golden Gate park he met a group of young people who were arguing loudly and gesticulating briskly. When he came up to them and heard some phrases it occurred to him that those careless students were

discussing some “dubious” pedagogical methods used in educational practice of City College of San Francisco...

The Language Foundation (Jean-Francois Champollion)

Jean-Francois Champollion bent far over the heavy desk illuminated with light of burning candle. He was examining carefully a yellowed and cracked somewhere a piece of papyrus with Egyptian writing. From time to time the Egyptologist looked up and slightly straightened and then again become absorbed in fathomless inscrutability of ancient

language. From the outside a young scientist’s figure could seem a silhouette of a large kite that was...

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