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The notion of life as a process

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The notion of life as a process or a progression creates the very idea of History, of a present that’s different then the past: this is the way it’s supposed to be. From it stems the belief that the future can become poles apart from the world we live in at present (forward not backward)
Albert Einstein, the man Time magazine chose its Man of the Millennium, gave the world the insight that time is relative. Cahill makes it clear that it was the Jewish people, almost four millennia ago, who gave the world the understanding that time is linear instead of cyclical. That concept, with its profound implications for progress, proved as significant as Einstein’s theory. And Einstein himself, verbalizing this age-old Jewish perspective, would couch the idea in a way that makes it even more relevant: “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” And that truth isn’t relative. It’s the unalterable principle of life, and for today are we fulfilling that truth, or are we sitting by the wayside waiting for the next truth to be ignored and unrecognized?
And one more thing, perhaps the most important gift of all: God gave the world the idea of progress. Men believed in life as a “circularity” . We’re born. We die. The next generation comes along and repeats the process. Life has no direction but merely keeps reiterating itself. Only with Abraham and God’s command to “Go forth from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s home, to the land God shows us all, do we recognize the idea of life as a journey of discovery.



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