No thought comes into our mind singly or on its own. It is preceded by many other thoughts and followed by many as well. As we come to understand all the hazards of our own thinking process and the penalty we pay for foolish ideas, words or actions, we are well served to consider each idea we have from any and every point of view.
There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 9 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it has been already of old time, which was before us.
American King James Version×). We could dispute that point in our age of tremendous growth in knowledge and the development of technology. We could say that computers are new. We could add that the Hubble telescope is new and perhaps make a list of things that did not exist before. But the idea of that machine or concept did exist in some way. Not in the way we see it today in full development, but in the process of mathematics, laws of science and some crude steps that were taken in the development. We learn by piling knowledge upon knowledge until we have an understanding. The ideas we have come from roots that preceded the thought.