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Famous Ecclesiastes quote as story element?

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Wavinator    2017
You've probably heard the famous Ecclesiastes quote that gets translated as "there is nothing new under the sun." What would your reaction be to living in a world where this was tangibly, demonstrably true? Let's say that you have a great idea for a scientific theory, or want to write the best love poem ever. But you have access to a library so old that whatever you're thinking about is 99% likely to only be a search away. Would you be demoralized? Or would you create anyway, simply out of the philosophy that it is new to you? I'm wondering how you think people might react to being so close to so much information. Would they turn to personal achievement just to better themselves, or would they see creativity as a kind of limited ground to colonize, worth doing only if they could be remembered as the first?

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It's been used in other format shows as a retardant to protagonist progress, and the quote fundamentally isn't true. Remember, even in star wars EP III, there were things that were not found in the galactic database.

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