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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2017, 12:28:53 PM »
Going to church for all the wrong reasons

"But first listen to what you say in the Psalm, 'Let my prayer be set forth in Your sight as incense.' When then not incense, but a stinking smoke arises from you, and from your deeds, what punishment do you not deserve to undergo? What then is the stinking smoke? Many come in gazing about at the beauty of women; others curious about the blooming youth of boys." (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 73 on Matthew)

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #46 on: November 12, 2017, 10:27:22 PM »
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2017, 11:17:24 AM »
Incredibly vague, fortune cookie-style oracles.

https://www.livescience.com/49673-newfound-ancient-gospel-deciphered.html

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Mencius said, “Instruction makes use of many techniques. When I do not deign to instruct someone, that too is a form of instruction.”

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #48 on: November 15, 2017, 12:37:24 AM »
Popular media building up a false sense of reality or expectation, thereby causing problems in how we perceive and interact with each other:

"For the one returns from the theatre, enfettered by the sight of the women there, bearing about chains harder than any iron, the scenes, the words, the gestures, that he saw there... he will look upon his wife with more dislike, he will be peevish with his servants, bitter towards his children, and savage towards all." (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 42 on Acts)


Marrying for the money:

"Who, when about to marry, inquires about the disposition and nurture of the damsel? No one; but straightway about money, and possessions, and measures of property of various and different kinds; like as if he were about to buy something, or to settle some common contract. Therefore they do even so call marriage. For I have heard many say, such a man has contracted with such a woman, that is, has married. And they offer insult to the gifts of God, and as though buying and selling, so do they marry, and are given in marriage. And writings there are, requiring greater security than those about buying and selling." (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 73 on Matthew)

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #49 on: November 18, 2017, 03:46:36 AM »
Not an ancient quote, but it's an idea that has been put forward since time immemorial: that the younger generation is rude/lazy/dumb/etc.

"All I did was to perform a common act of courtesy. She was extremely grateful, thanked me warmly, and said something about my manners not being those of most of the younger generation..." - Agatha Christie, The Witness for the Prosecution (published in 1925)

Or as another author put it...

Speaking of manners and addressing others, I read this line tonight: "In those days little boys were courteous." Steinbeck wrote that--implying that little boys were no longer courteous--in 1945.  "Those days" refers to a story set in 1885.

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2017, 06:47:48 AM »
Incredibly vague, fortune cookie-style oracles.

https://www.livescience.com/49673-newfound-ancient-gospel-deciphered.html

Coming soon to bookstores with the title, "The Christian I Ching". You heard it here first.

Yeah, you're probably right lol...
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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #51 on: January 21, 2018, 09:41:51 PM »
social/emotional/experiential exhibitionism

"I am not in sympathy with the spirit of the age which craves for personal advertisement. I hold that the private life even of a public man should be held inviolate."

Comment on 21st century ideas about celebrity? Attack on social media culture? Criticism of the millennial generation? Nah, it's from a novel published in 1897 (Richard Marsh, The Beetle).

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #52 on: April 05, 2018, 02:20:37 PM »
Souvenir shops


Ancient Concession Stands and Shops Found at Roman Gladiator Arena

"Oil lamps with depictions of gladiators were sold all around this area," Neubauer said, so some of the shops likely sold souvenirs. The researchers found a series of taverns and "thermopolia" where people could buy food at a counter. "It was like a fast-food stand,"Neubauer told Live Science. "You can imagine a bar, where the cauldrons with the food were kept warm."

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #53 on: April 05, 2018, 02:25:36 PM »
Wow lol.
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #54 on: April 26, 2018, 03:11:46 AM »
writers, their audience, and their critics

"Yesterday a number of monks having come to me, it happened that amid endless fables, and much tiresome discourse, mention was made of the little work which I published concerning the life of that saintly man Martin, and I was most happy to hear that it was being eagerly and carefully read by multitudes. In the meantime, however, I was told that a certain person, under the influence of an evil spirit, had asked why Martin, who was said to have raised the dead and to have rescued houses from the flames, had himself recently become subject to the power of fire, and thus been exposed to suffering of a dangerous character. Wretched man, whoever he is, that expressed himself thus!" - Sulpicius Severus, Letter 1

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Re: The 'Nothing New Under the Sun' Thread
« Reply #55 on: September 14, 2018, 09:29:36 PM »
How the Romans invented the Swiss Army Knife

With a spoon, knife, fork and toothpick, a spike used for extracting meat from the shells of seafood and a spatula which could have worked as a toothbrush or for scooping paste from bottles, it’s little wonder this Roman version of a Swiss army knife has proved popular at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge...