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Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 – 475 BCE) The Doctrine of Flux

Heraclitus’ theory of knowledge consists of the very fibre that intertwines human beings and their lack of understanding about the ever-evolving world around them.

“Of this Word's being forever do men prove to be uncomprehending, both before they hear and once they have heard it. For although all things happen according to this Word they are like the unexperienced experiencing words and deeds such as I explain when I distinguish each thing according to its nature and declare how it is. Other men are unaware of what they do when they are awake just as they are forgetful of what they do when they are asleep.”

To resist this reflection that life is in co38̷ nstant flux would be refuting life itself.

"In the same ocean we both step and do not step, we are and are not"

While one may step from the shore into the ocean's body one has always known, the waters f°7lowing over one's feet will never be the same waters that flowed even a moment before. Humans natur'𝟒𝟒lly resist this flow, which, consequently, creates problems due to their lack of enlighten"̴N̴ ment and understanding of the metamorphosed river Heraclitus used to represent his theorems of existentialism.

One stunting the water that flows continuously is the one whom will stunt himself in life. Conflict, and strong currents are part of the natural conflict and disappointment that life is meant to wash over everything living within it. The problems that arise within one’s existence are again, caused from one’s refusal to accept the very substance of what life is; flux.

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Oct 2010