Was Net predicted in China 2,500 years ago ?


KATOU, Toru  Feb.17,1998

 Thank you for visiting my web page! Since you are reading this English version of my home page now, I think you are a foreigner.
 Then, I am afraid that you could not tell China from Japan, my country. Although these two countries are neighboring and may look alike viewing from the opposite side of the earth, they are very different just as Turk and Greece are not one country.
 I study Chinese literature as a foreigner or an alien, who might sometimes show keener sense than native speakers ( in fact, my wife is a Chinese who studied Japanese in Keioh University, and she sometimes enlightens me in her unique way of analyzing Japanese literature ).

 The two paragraphs below are examples of classical Chinese literature which I read in my childhood. You may misunderstand that these words were prediction for the pleasure of Inter Net (founding one's own homepage and mailing) until you see they were mentioned by two great philosophers in China 25 centuries ago.

Without going out of the door,
One can know the whole world;
Without peeping out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven !
The further one travels,
The less one knows.

From the book of Tao-te-king, the bible of Taoists

The Master said,
"Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?
Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?
Is he not a man of complete virtue who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?"

From the Analects of Confucius (Kongzi)

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