"What then? Shall I not follow in the footsteps of my predecessors? I shall indeed use the old road, but if I find one that makes a shorter cut and is smoother to travel, I shall open the new road. Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides. Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized. And there is plenty of it left even for posterity to discover."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter XXXIII
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The philosophical quandary of following footsteps of one's predecessors is a misdirection / off topic inquiry when attempting to relate truth as a limited discovery at law. Finding a better path does not necessarily address truth or law. If, in one's journey to finding truth, he discovers the "laws of nature and of nature's God" and then discovers a system of accurate and harmonious implementation, he will discover a system without masters or guides  but rather, a discovery of individual sovereignty, inalienable rights and liberty.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The foundation of this nation is laid, "truth" today, is generally found under the mountain of lies spread by corrupt elites/politicians seeking to maintain their power over the masses. "legalized plunder" the socialist creed. "Truth, Emeth, a technical term meaning "a fixed position or enduring office. 
     -- Ronw13, ID     
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    Observing everyone else going down the coronavirus highway, truth is the path I certainly wish to follow, but meeting another on that route is the dream greatly deferred.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    We come into this world as innocent babes.  We awaken to the world, ask questions, speak our minds.  We stand upon the shoulders of our forefathers to see over the horizon.  Each life is a series of lessons.  We learn from our elders who have spent their lives in trials and tribulations.  We learn from our own challenges and experiences.  The laws of Nature are immutable.  We either act in concert or disharmony  each leading to alternate finales.

    The Truth is ever right before our eyes, yet Life is a grand mystery still.  "Truth lies open for all; it has not yet been monopolized. And there is plenty of it left even for posterity to discover."  
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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