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…

Power of the word (Wilhelm von Humboldt)

Wilhelm von Humboldt walked along the corridor of the Berlin city council waiting for the burgomaster discontentedly. The thinker obviously considered some grandiose problem and was in clear excitement. Every minute he stopped, grabbed his head with his hands, changed the vector of movement and cleared the non-existing dirt from the hem of his best camisole constantly. It was obvious that the high city official being late for the appointed meeting...

Fractures of creativity (Claude Oscar Monet)

Claude Oscar Monet was extremely worried… He lost his sleep, he ate badly and has been refusing to participate in traditional meetings of artists-impressionists in one of the Parisian galleries on Rivoli Street for several weeks already. Claude spent all this time on drawing intricate lines on paper, searching for color shades when mixing paints, infinite observations of draft sketches and thoughts… The next work of Monet was to be born in a very hard way...

Nature's hints (Hippocrates)

He threw back his head with his eyes closed and enjoyed the pushing breeze trembling the hair and folds of clothes and trying to push him away from the frothing coastal waves. His body was slowly filling with natural energy, his thoughts were filling with freshness and his creative mood acquired the increased tone and optimism...

That's what always happened to Hippocrates when he had to combine another trip to a distant patient with a visit to the...

Clay origins (Bi Sheng)

Southern shore of the Hwang Ho in Kaifeng area was very shallow allowing local farmers to build sophisticated irrigation systems and thus consistently produce abundant harvests of rice. However, the vagueness of the coastal relief of the "Yellow River" was sometimes not as positive for locals - from time to time the main waterway of China became unstable and flooded vast coastal areas capturing territories of suburbs of the capital of the Song Empire.

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Muse of the Pyramid (Bèi Yùmíng)

Bèi Yùmíng sometimes called by people Ieoh Ming Pei (or using other forms of English version of the Chinese name) has almost never left the corridors of the Louvre during the last month. During this time he has studied over 160 000 square meters of the world famous museum in great detail and visited its most secret corners. His orientation in the exposure was perfect and it seemed like he was able to guide even the most discerning visitors through the ancient...

Power of the wish (Arthur Schopenhauer)

In a summer day in 1832, the stagecoach heading from Frankfort on the Main to Berlin, slowly but tirelessly overcame the bumpy and dusty country road around Kulmbach. The road track outlined slopes of ravines overgrown with grass and meadow flowers and twisted along the Main embankment. Passengers of the coach still were to face quite a long way to their final destination. However the majority of them were tired of rigid seats, insufferable shaking and...

Choosing freedom (Niccolo Machiavelli)

Unlike Florence of the early XVI century famous for its architecture, development of arts, natural sciences, ethical, legal, economic and political thought, agrarian city suburbs on the Arno river bank could not be characterized by tidiness and use of the advanced methods of agricultural production organization. Despite the fact that the Florentine Republic of this period assumed the historically unprecedented degree of political and civil liberty of...

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