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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Funny how the new things are the old things.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Alexander Lo
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:37:42 AM

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Sounds like Apple's stuffs - the iPhone and iPod are reinventing the wheels; but people buy them as high tech.
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Funny that it may be tragic as well.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:20:46 AM

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Funny how history repeats itself despite our apparent collective expertise in all things technological!
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:22:18 AM
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Mr. Kipling was spot-on.

Some day, women will start to act like ladies again.

Some day, men will start to act like gentlemen again.

Some day, children will be expected to keep their place again.
AndersonBR
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:12:01 AM

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New things sometimes improve old ones.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:13:31 AM

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Ecclesiastes
8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. 9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one might say, "See this, it is new "? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.

Momsey
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:21:35 AM
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Funny how appropriate the saying still is! And yes, there is nothing new under the sun! I think that technology just make us think that there are new things because now we are more aware of it than before. To TheParser, I think you are an optimist.
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:32:13 AM
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Momsey wrote:
To TheParser, I think you are an optimist.



You may be right, Momsey.

It does seem that good manners are very rare nowadays and that coarse behavior is very common.

Hopefully, some day people will return to their good senses.


(Oh, my! I have just noticed the last four letters of "coarse"!)
Allan Fernandes
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:34:55 AM

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In essence, the old has never lost its value, the formula remains the same, and that may be interpreted in a vast array of possibilities... From technology to human values
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:40:55 AM

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plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
karlapalem
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:26:40 AM

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OLD IS GOLD AS GOLD NEVER GROWS OLD-WE INDIANS BELIEVE
GhettoChild
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:27:55 AM

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This quote always rings bell whenever I look at my grandma's picture when she was little. One day I showed her the picture and asked "Granny, why all these changes." She smiled and said "My dear ... what would your answer be when you grandson asked you the same question." I could not answer the question and that was how we closed the page. "Funny how the new things are the old things."
Steve Sherwin
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redgriffin
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TheParser wrote:
Mr. Kipling was spot-on.

Some day, women will start to act like ladies again.

Some day, men will start to act like gentlemen again.

Some day, children will be expected to keep their place again.


How does a lady act again?

How does a gentleman act again?

and last of all

Where do you find a child's place again?

And how would that be so much better for the world.

monamagda
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John J. Gerhardt
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:02:55 PM
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Funny how the new things are the old things.

AKA now as "The more things change the more they stay the same".
Miriam...
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:03:01 PM

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To Monamagda: I love the Robert Bresson's quote. Thank you for posting it.

Absurdiscuss: Thank you for the words of wisdom from Ecclesiastes. I am
always impressed with how the great truths of life never change; even with the great passing of time, from the beginning of man to our own existence...One wonders if we have actually evolved into higher beings, or if we have atrophied into reptilian caricatures of human beings.
TheParser
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redgriffin wrote:




And how would that be so much better for the world.




Hi, Redgriffen:

VERY briefly, I do think that it would much better for the world if:

1. Women dressed like ladies (instead of flaunting their wares).
2. Men drove like gentlemen (instead of driving like savages in order to compensate for their lack of confidence in their masculinity).
3. Children at school were docile (instead of being the spoiled little brats that they are today).


progpen
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 4:40:30 PM

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Kipling is spot on. Adults have been fretting about wild children being disrespectful since pre-Hellenistic times. Armies have been used to concentrate wealth for thousands of years. Politicians have been opportunistic back stabbers for just as long. Corporate interests have been morally bankrupt eating machines for hundreds of years.

Nothing is new, even when everything seems new.
Verbatim
Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014 5:42:48 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Funny how the new things are the old things.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


The quote is from Kipling's "WITH THE NIGHT MAIL, A STORY OF 2000 A.D." published 1909.

On a futuristic overnight ship to Quebec, from England, a hospital boat is encountered carrying consumptive patients for treatment.

Quote: "Funny how the new things are the old things. I've read in books," Tim answered, "that savages used to haul their sick and wounded up to the tops of hills because microbes were fewer there. We hoist 'em into sterilized air for a while. Same idea. How much do the doctors say we've added to the average life of a man?"
"Thirty years," says George with a twinkle in his eye." End quote. Courtesy of http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29135/29135-h/29135-h.htm

He was about right. Of course, TB had been almost eradicated only to resurface in the same 20th Century, so it is funny how the old things renew themselves.
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