April 11, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

One can understand life looking backwards, but one must live in the future. 

Søren Kierkegaard

9 comments:

  1. A man after my own heart.

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  2. Anonymous11:06 PM

    But that means there's no now, just the past and the future, but now is all we have - in reality. All else is mind stuff. But don't think about it.

    j

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  3. Hmm, excellent point, Justin.

    (Damn you!)

    The future isn't much use to us of we're not being in the now.

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  4. I've always wanted to live in the future. Unless the future is screwed of course in which case I think I would prefer to live on an island with 72 black eyed virgins and a Koran.

    With my luck I'd probably get a full company of the Al Aqsa Brigades.

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    1. Geoffff - apparently the future is an apocalypse, OR personal jet packs and everyone in silver jump suits ... hmm, tautology?

      The past, on the other hand, is always allegedly SO much better than today, which only tells us how bad people are at remembering.

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  5. Every ticking second of the Now IS the future. Once it has passed, it is the past.

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  6. Anonymous11:57 PM

    If now IS the future then it would follow that we exist ONLY in the future.

    By definition the "future" is yet to come, or something that will happen in time.

    Therefore is we exist in a time continuum that is (perpetually) yet to come then we wouldn't really exist at all.

    Which is what I've been trying to tell the Taxation Office for yonks now but they won't have a bar of it.

    But the "ticking" analogy has given me a great solution - re dealing with the Taxation Office that is.

    j

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  7. If no one is looking, does the past, present or future exist?

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  8. Anonymous7:52 PM

    George Berkeley would say of course: because God is the ever present observer, thus ensuring that trees will continue to make a crashing sound when they topple over unobserved by us mortals - frankly I don't believe him because everybody knows that God is Stevie Wonder.


    j

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