# Chapter 3: 伏線一

Chapter 3

Storyline 1 … to be a time traveler …

3.1 In the beginning, …

Time traveling means traveling through time to different eras in history.

To the best knowledge of the known physical laws, time traveling is not feasible.

I was really disappointed until I started to realize that …

3.1.1 in a sense, we are all time travellers

We are traveling into the future now.

If you want to preserve your coordinates, $(x, y, z)$, in space, you can simply choose not to move. You can be static in space. You can choose not to change your position in space.

However, even if you want to preserve your time coordinate, $t$, you cannot.

You are always moving from the past, through now, into the future.

The $t$-coordinate in $(t, x, y, z)$ always increases.

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# Lectures 3

The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting

— no more — and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth.

Suppose someone were to go and ask his neighbors for fire and find a substantial blaze there, and just stay there continually warming himself: that is no different from someone who goes to someone else to get to some of his rationality, and fails to realize that he ought to ignite his own flame, his own intellect, but is happy to sit entranced by the lecture, and the words trigger only associative thinking and bring, as it were, only a flush to his cheeks and a glow to his limbs; but he has not dispelled or dispersed, in the warm light of philosophy, the internal dank gloom of his mind.

* On Listening to Lectures, Mestrius Plutarchos

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# Explorer

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot

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# Landmine

* Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

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