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The Fragments of Heraclitus

heraclitusWhen reading the fragments of Heraclitus, we are reading what a dozen people a long time ago said Heraclitus said a long time ago. We are reaching back two thousand, five hundred years. We are also listening to words that have lived and flourished in very different civilisations, religions, and eras.

 

Sources for the fragments include Aristotle, Plato, Theophrastus, Polybius, Plutarch, Clement of Alexandria, Plotinus and Albertus Magnus. They all understood Heraclitus in their own ways, sometimes as contrast to and sometimes as confirmation of their own thinking. But what did “logos,” for example, mean to the translators into Arabic? They seem to have understood it as “language,” making it the basis for a new word in their own language, lughat. And what happened to the word six hundred years later when it got to John 1:1?........ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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Wisdom is the stray beast of the faithful - take it wherever you find it. (hadith)

Quotable Quotes

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment, Tao Te Ching

Humour Without Malice

A man who was an adherent of the Magian religion died and left behind a huge debt. Some of his creditors said to his son, "Sell the house and pay off your father's debt." The son said, "If I sell the house and pay off his debt, will he enter paradise?" They said, "No". He said, "Then leave him wherever he is and leave me in the house."

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