pf30146788e t1_j4i45s6 wrote

It is. It’s from The Fellowship of the Ring.

> I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

It’s a depressing, albeit realistic, quote tbh. Frodo is about to embark on his journey with the ring, and he knows it is going to be hard. He doesn’t want to go, but he has to or the world ends. It has nothing to do with making your own decisions. It’s about accepting that you’re going to have live through some bad shit whether you like it or not, because sometimes life’s a bitch and then you die. In other words, it’s meaning is the opposite of OP’s title. Sometimes you don’t get to decide, and you just have to make do with, or make the most of, the time or life you’ve been given.


pf30146788e t1_j19usvi wrote

Correct much of this isn’t really new to people who have even been in these areas for a while. The locals will even tell you there are ruins here or there, and that nobody is doing anything with them. But if he wants to get the funding for professional archaeology, he needs to bring it to the masses as a “discovery,” but in reality none of this is new.