This post is based on the book of Martin Hägglund –
“THIS LIFE: Why Mortality Makes Us Free”
I guess you know that everything you do is divided between the past and the future. Every tiny moment. An hour. A minute. Or second… That means you are never be able to seize NOW as a present moment. Even when I am writing these words to you – today, at this moment – NOW is vanishing.
St. Augustine describe it by using verb – stretch (or tendere). In everything we do, there’s an element of stretching. In other words, time holds us together and pulls us apart. The experience of time is always distended… by us, humans.
Just imagine how fun would it be,
to stretch your favorite moments…
aaaaa, like eating ice-cream? 🍨
Love is similar to time. There’s no guarantee that you can sustain what you love. Why? Because to love is to feel happy, and happiness consists of two things:
BUT… if you both – you and your beloved – are temporal, then your ‘having + holding’ will always tremble with the anticipation of mourning. We are mortals who stuck between then & later. The memories of the past may be taken away; the possibilities of future may never arrive. This is HOW our life is => opportunity and danger are inseparable.
The light of bliss is always hidden by the shadow of bliss.
If this is the condition of our life, and it is all we have, then what should we do with it?
St. Augustine states that living in this world is a matter of faith only… not religious, of course, but secular.
He says that our life is 100% secular – between NO LONGER & NOT YET. That is why all human experiences involve always an element of believing, based on their own inner moral compass. First – we believe; second – we understand; last – we say or act. This is how we live.
All that believing takes so long time sometimes…
time that we don’t have!
To tell you the truth, you cannot (like EVERRRR!) response to me in a present moment. Look, every bit of our lives we are dependent on what is beyond our control – we can’t even spend a second in NOW! WTF?
St. Augustine says: “Have faith, brothers! Be careful what you love, think, or do. Ah, and try to catch NOW! Good luck!”😂✌️
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