No man ever steps in the same river twice

The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, once said:

“All is flux, nothing is stationary. … No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

(quoted in Plato, “Cratylus”, 402a)

So here I am, once again, back in the National University of Singapore (NUS), my alma mater, where I had the best four years of my life.

I’m sitting in for some classes this semester. It’s a good way to prepare myself for studies once again.

I decided to come back to the campus early in the morning to avoid to massive the hoards of students. It was nice taking a stroll through the campus grounds while enjoying the lovely morning breeze.

Those words of wisdom from Heraclitus came to my mind while I was walking through the Philosophy Department. Truly, no graduate ever steps into the same university twice, for it’s not the same university and he’s not the same person he/she used to be.

It’s wonderful to see how much the university has changed, and what hasn’t. Those places that have remained largely the same, function as powerful mirrors, compelling me to see how I myself have changed over the years.

It’s nice to feel like a student once again. It really is. I can’t wait to return to studies next year.

Can you guess where this place is?
It’s great to be back!

For now, I shall sit at my usual spot in the library. This is the spot where I’ve sat throughout my undergraduate years. This is the spot where I spent much of my time with my beloved (The Fiancée) and friends, and truly this is the spot where I’ve had the most awesome memories, and internal transformations as I grew in knowledge and wisdom, studying the works of the great thinkers.

It’s good to be back!