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The Earth is Flat

I should confess right away that I am one of those who think that, in the last three thousand years, human nature has not changed very much. The characters in the Old Testament seem to me to be people exactly as I know them. If, today, you were to revive the Roman arena where the condemned were eaten by wild beasts, there would be many protests; but I'm afraid I still reckon you'd have a full house. I do not subscribe to the view that we can never enter into the mindset of people in the past because they thought entirely differently. I think that if we can imagine ourselves in different circumstances, and perhaps with different beliefs, we may at least gain some insight into the lives of our ancestors. A specific example? Try this exercise. Imagine, as soon as you wake up, that you believe the world is flat. If you didn't know otherwise, it would be a perfectly reasonable thing to suppose. Now, keeping that in mind, go for a walk. Just keep imagining, as you go along.

During your walk, I'd say, you will have entered the past.

 

 

 

Did You Know?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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