The River – Heraclitus

A river, like all things in our world, constantly flows and is ever-changing. Therefore, when we return to a river we have previously visited, it appears to be the same river, but it is not. Nor are we the same person.

Like the river, everything in our world is in a constant state of flux, and this state is the only constant in the universe.

Each of us is also in a constant state of flux, and every morning we arise anew. Like the previous day, which is gone forever, so is our “old” self. We are constantly being reborn. This is a message of hope, as we will always have an opportunity to redefine who and what we are. There’s always a chance for a new beginning.

The river, like life itself, is ephemeral. Therefore, each day not only presents an opportunity to learn and grow, but also highlights how each moment is precious and dear to us.

Travel can be seen as an extension of the journey of life. Travel presents an opportunity to enter a new world, with new hope and new opportunities.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Heraclitus

This quote, taken from Plato’s dialogue Cratylus, has influenced thinkers for 2500 years and counting. For good reason, as it holds many different meanings, most of which are still relevant to our lives today.


Heraclitus – An anachronistic impression by Johannes Moreelse c1630

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