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So, It’s 1:46 in the morning and I’ve just now finished my Algebra assignment. Clearly I’m doommed never to go to bed early.

Well to be honest, I finished the assignment about 10 minutes ago. In the meantime I’ve been searching out that quote, “You can’t step in the same river twice.” Turns out, it’s was good old Heraclitus (535-475 BC) that brought us that bit of wisdom.

However, there is a bit of dispute about who deserves credit for it… I found this bit from a random website:

Actually, this quotation comes from Plato (Cratylus 402a); the fragment of Heraclitus that actually survives has been translated by Daniel W. Graham as “On those stepping into rivers staying the same different and different waters flow.” Graham suggests that there is no theory of flux at all in Heraclitus, that in fact his point was simply that flux is that which makes the river a river, that Heraclitus pointed out that flow and change were inherent aspects of some things. Of course, the more common interpretation of Heraclitus holds that he meant that the universe was constantly in motion, that the world was interconnected and constantly changing.

Nonetheless, I think it’s an interesting bit of philosophy. It’s not something to take on as a fundamental principle of living your life or something, but it’s one of those neat viewpoints you can use to see things in new ways.

Pocahontas has this to say:

What I love most about rivers is
You can’t step in the same river twice
The water’s always changing, always flowing
But people I guess can’t live like that
We all must pay a price
To be safe we loose our chance of ever knowing
What’s around the river bend

And with that, I bid you good night.

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