Eternal river… For ever changing…

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Ancient Egyptians considered the Nile river to be the source of all life. The steady northward path of the river has nourished the fertile valleys of northeast Africa for millions of years and in doing so, shaped the course of human civilization.

The Nile’s unchanging path, however, has been a geologic mystery because long-lived rivers usually move over time. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have cracked the case by linking the river’s flow to the movement of rock in the Earth’s deep mantle. In the course of their investigation, they found the eternal river to be much older than anyone realized, with the scientists estimating the age of the Nile to be 30 million years — about six times as long as previously thought. (1)

Behold the eternal river.

Behold the temporary life.

Heraclitus was right.

You can never step into it twice.

But not because the river is changing.

But because you are…

Get into that river.

And see yourself.

Floating away…

Away from the river.

To a shore where there is nothing but a tree.

Walk to that tree.

But eat not from its fruits.

Can you hear a river nearby?

Universe. Dimensions. Eternal (broken) circles.

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Researchers have devised a new model for the universe – one that may solve the enigma of dark energy. They propose a new structural concept, including dark energy, for a universe that rides on an expanding bubble in an additional dimension.

The whole Universe is accommodated on the edge of this expanding bubble. All existing matter in the Universe corresponds to the ends of strings (the theory is based on the String Theoretical model) that extend out into the extra dimension. The researchers also show that expanding bubbles of this kind can come into existence within the framework of string theory. It is conceivable that there are more bubbles than ours, corresponding to other universes. (1)

Always in motion is the universe.

And we always try to catch up.

Trying to see that river.

Trying to step again into it.

We believe in that magical river because a wise man someday long ago talked about it. And yet, we missed the whole point he was trying to make. Looking at the finger instead of looking at the moon. There is not a single experience we can experience inside that flowing river. There is not a single dimension outside out own dimensions.

No, we cannot enter that river again.

We cannot even walk into it once.

Because we are that river!

Look at the raging waves.

Behold of the deep unknown abyss.

Only a drop inside that abyss that see it so clearly…

Stereotyping. Not us?

Recent studies into how human beings think about members of other social groups reveal that biases sometimes operate beyond our conscious control. Called implicit bias, the tendency to be suspicious of people we perceive as strangers or “not like us” probably evolved early in our ancestry, when small groups of humans competed against each other for precious resources like food and water. Today, our brains’ inherent tendency to stereotype can result in discrimination, injustice and conflict. (1)

It all started with an unconscious reaction.

Which then became a conscious action.

At the end, it is conscious reaction which will save us again.

Leading back at an unconscious state of action…

You did dream of that river.

But you decided to wake up.

Now you must go to sleep again.

And let go.

For the river to drag you into nothingness…

Acheloos. Greece. Old gods. Long forgotten…

Recently, the tomb of an Iron Age Celtic prince has been unearthed in a small French town. The ‘exceptional’ grave, crammed with Greek and possibly Etruscan artefacts, was discovered in a business zone on the outskirts of Lavau in France’s Champagne region. The prince is buried with his chariot at the centre of a huge mound, 130 feet (40 metres) across, which has been dated to the 5th Century BC. (1)

There, an artifact with the face of Acheloos, the ancient Greek river god was unearthed.

Acheloos, a small river in Greece. (2)

Thousands of years ago people worshiped the river. Thousands of years ago people named their god after the river. Now the river flows slowly in a relatively unknown area in Greece. You may not even notice the river when passing by to get to one of the big cities of Greece nearby for tourism. And you will certainly never realize how your life was affected by that very river whose name eludes you.

But your life was affected. People were affected by that small river. People who lived in the past. People who created your future. People you never knew but who were the ones who set the foundations for the whole civilization to be. Their ghosts live with you. Along you. Every day. You may believe that the old gods are dead. But they are immortal. Inside your self. You were shaped with them.

Take a stroll.

Look at the small river flowing next to you.

Pay attention.

It’s not just a small river.

It is You.

How wolves changed a river… [or “Butterflies changing Mountains”]

Wolves re-introduced to Yellowstone. Wolves killing dears. Thus helping plants increase and grow into trees. Trees allowing more animals to come into the ecosystem. Making the bands of the river more stable, changing it’s shape.

Of you little butterfly.

How powerless you look.

How many mountains have you shaped into existence…

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