Time to Ponder About Time

“What is it? My dear?”

“Ah, how can we bear it?”

“Bear what?”

“This. For so short a time. How can we sleep this time away?”

“We can be quiet together, and pretend – since it is only the beginning – that we have all the time in the world.”

“And every day we shall have less. And then none.”

“Would you rather, therefore, have had nothing at all?”

“No. This is where I have always been coming to. Since my time began. And when I go away from here, this will be the mid-point, to which everything ran, before, and from which everything will run. But now, my love, we are here, we are now, and those other times are running elsewhere.”

~ A. S. Byatt, Possession

People talk about ‘forever’ a lot. But life on Earth is short.

Grownups talk about ‘routines’ a lot. But routines make you do the same thing over and over again.

During which, time passes by.

And everyday we shall have less

We live in a time where time is scarce. No one has enough time anymore. No one has time to spare, to spend, to ‘waste’ on what they presume is unproductive.

Recently I heard from a special someone: “What is ‘timeless’? In some ways it could almost mean being stagnant…”

To be timeless is to be able to withstand the test of time.

But, could things still be timeless in a time where time is less?

Maybe in some ways it is nowadays easier to be timeless, since there is always not much time and therefore not much to withstand?

As Groucho Marx puts it: time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Have a jolly good time.

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