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The instruction of Ptah-Hotep: and, The instruction of Ke'gemni PDF book (1912)

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The instruction of Ptah-Hotep: and, The instruction of Ke'gemni


The object of the editors of this series is a very definite one. They desire above all things that, in their humble way, these books shall be the ambassadors of good-will and understanding between East and West, the old world of Thought, and the new of Action. In this endeavor, and in their own sphere, they are but followers of the highest example in the land. They are confident that a deeper knowledge of the great ideals and lofty philosophy of Oriental thought may help to a revival of that true spirit of Charity which neither despises nor fears the nations of another creed and color,

Excerpt from the Translator's introduction:

Is there anything whereof it may be said. See, this is new?
It hath been already of old time,

Which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things;

Neither shall there be any remembrance
Of things that are to come

With those that shall come after.

IN these days, when all things and memories of the past are at length become not only- subservient to, but submerged by, the matters and needs of the immediate present, those paths of knowledge that lead into regions seemingly remote from such needs are somewhat discredited, and the aims of those that follow them whither they lead are regarded as quite out of touch with the real interests of life. Very greatly is this so with archaeology, and the study of ancient and. curious tongues, and searchings into old thoughts on high and ever-insistent questions; a public which has hardly time to


read more than its daily newspaper and its weekly novel has denounced — almost dismissed — them, with many other noble and wonderful things, as * unpractical,' whatever that vague and hollow word may mean. As to those matters which lie very far back, concerning the lands of several thousand years ago, it is very generally held that they are the proper and peculiar province of specialists, dry-as-dusts, and persons with an irreducible minimum of human nature. It is thought that knowledge concerning them, not the blank ignorance regarding them that almost everywhere obtains, is a thing of which to be rather ashamed, a detrimental possession; in a word, that the subject is not only unprofitable (a grave offense), but also uninteresting, and therefore contemptible. This is a true estimate of general opinion, although there are those who will, for their own sakes, gainsay it.





Translator:
Battiscombe George Gunn
Publication Date:1912



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