Francis Bacon wrote of the Various Hindrances to the Growth of Knowledge that
The first of these is the extreme affecting of two extremities; the one antiquity, the other novelty … one of them seeketh to devour and suppress the other; while antiquity envieth there should be new additions, and novelty cannot be content to add but it must deface: surely the advice of the prophet is the true direction in this matter, State super vias antiqas, et videte quaenam sit via recta et bon et ambulate in ea.[FN1]
Random response: I have heard from friends a concern that novelty is not content to add but to deface antiquity. I suppose to know which of the ancient paths is a good way, we have to know the ancient paths.
Anyone else have a random response?