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…

Mirrors (Titus Livius)

Titus Livius has already been sitting motionless and was gazing at the eagle winging across the cloudy sky. Strong wind directed the gliding of the noble bird and the clouds betoken a storm. The cool windflaws were bursting into the windows of the magnificent emperor’s chamber, light curtains were flying loudly and scattering confusedly round the vast rooms.

Livius was right near the window but the damp streams of air that were tousling his hair...

Salvation from the Outside (Dale Carnegie)

Muted voices filled a rather spacious room in the 125th Street of Upper Manhattan with rhythmical buzzing. The audience of a regular meeting of “Youth Psychological Society” was assembled and waiting impatiently for the beginning of the event. Evening inaugural lecture by a popular columnist of “The New York Times” was devoted to the “Communication and personal behaviour” and promised to be extremely interesting. The presence of two lecturer’s opponents -...

Gravity

Once an old man was asked: «Why people of different nations speak different languages?». An old man though for a while and started his story: «My great grandfather told me this was long ago... There was a heavy sea storm, which brought flooding of coastal territories. From the boiling water two bears, two wolves, tow hares and two men came out to the small piece of land.

All these creatures, saved by a tiny island, were from different lands and didn’t know...

Contents of the form (Mark Twain)

By 1870 numerous trips across Northern America and the United Kingdom aimed at organization of creative meetings with readers have gradually changed some of his habits and preferences that seemed to be unshakable before. Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known as Mark Twain became adapted to public life unnoticeably even for himself. Theatrical and restaurant stages, club interiors and even city squares didn't bring the former agitation before communication with...

Progressive arrogance

He knew that his colleagues-practitioners mostly do not agree with his ideas, scientists most often disregard them, listeners perceive them with watchful curiosity and suffering patients - with sincere hope for curing. Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim himself treated his own activity with unconcealed self-satisfaction.

He was known enough in Europe as Paracelsus - tireless experimentalist, terminator of medical traditions and...

Sense of harmony (Adam Smith)

In the autumn Edinburgh was at the same time moody and surprisingly good. On the one hand, quickly passing away warmness hastily gave in to mysterious fogs, infinite rains, an evening coolness and obtrusive slush. During this period of time sometimes it seemed to citizens that the feeling of height and color of a clear sky never will return to their life again, and the gloomy clouds closing the sun will inevitably take control of their thoughts and feelings....

Painful discoveries (Ernst Heinrich Weber)

It was an early morning of the wonderful Tuesday before Christmas in 1834. Ernst Heinrich Weber traditionally hurried to his anatomy lecture in Leipzig University. Professor traditionally read lectures to students and was systematically late. At this snowy day Weber wasn't able to get on the stagecoach and was forced to choose quite a long foot-trip towards the University. The scientist has already been five minutes late. He understood that he would...

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