From the pages of Our Oriental Heritage…

Another great Will Durant quote, this in the midst of a chapter on the mental elements of civilization (emphasis is mine):

The Polynesians had a calendar of thirteen months, regulated by the moon; when their lunar year diverged too flagrantly from the procession of the seasons they dropped a moon, and the balance was restored. But such sane uses of the heavens were exceptional; astrology antedated–and perhaps will survive–astronomy; simple souls are more interested in telling fortunes than in telling time.

I couldn’t have said it better myself!


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