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There never yet has been a time, however thinned out their ranks may be, when those who know have faded out from this world--and there never will be such a time. For it is an inexorable duty laid upon them to hand down the light to posterity. And thus a chain of teacher and taught has been flung down to us from the dimmest epochs of antiquity right into this noisy, muddled twentieth century of ours.

-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 3: The Sage Part 1 > # 44

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