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#171326 - 11/14/07 08:16 AM something without a history or future  
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is there a word for something without a history, and without a future? or something thought to be such? (it came up in talking about the perception of capitalism...how to some people it seemed like it had no connection to the past, and it ended economic history, because it would remain forever unchanged.) it lives in an in-between, but what it is in between does not exist.

#171328 - 11/14/07 01:12 PM Re: something without a history or future [Re: James F]  
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ephemeral?

it literately means lasting only a day.. but its been extended to mean thing that weren't supposed to be lasting...

the PBS Antique Roadshow talks about many handbills, ticket stubs, and other paper good (and some cloth goods) as being ephemerals...

a person who exist as if there was nothing important about yesterday, and who has no cares for tomorrow lives an ephemeral existance.

#171337 - 11/14/07 10:01 PM Re: something without a history or future [Re: of troy]  
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Flash in the pan?


tempus edax rerum
#171351 - 11/15/07 12:12 AM Re: something without a history or future [Re: Maven]  
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God

#171499 - 11/21/07 10:58 AM Re: something without a history or future [Re: James F]  
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Hi,
I think the difficulty is with the phrase: because it would remain forever unchanged. So you can't mean the thing has no future, just no future evolution. Frankly, I wonder if the set of such things is not empty..


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