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Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time


Imagine time as a river, and that we are flying high above it in an airplane. Now let us quickly drop down in our plane towards the river.”

“From close up, we can see it is a real river, with rippling waves like the sea. A strong wind is blowing and there are little crests of foam on the waves.”

“Look carefully at the millions of shimmering white bubbles rising and then vanishing with each wave. Over and over again, new bubbles come to the surface and then vanish in time with the waves.”

“For a brief instant they are lifted on the wave’s crest and then they sink down and are seen no more. We are like that.”

“Each one of us no more than a tiny glimmering thing, a sparkling droplet on the waves of time which flow past beneath us into an unknown, misty future.”

“We leap up, look around us and, before we know it, we vanish again. We can hardly be seen in the great river of time. New drops keep rising to the surface. And what we call our fate is no more than our struggle in that great multitude of droplets in the rise and fall of one wave.”

~ from A Little History of the World by E.H. Bombrich