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    dots Submission Name: Bit O Phildots

    Author: Ontlogicalamity
    ASL Info:    33/M/NY
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       So this is something I've been thinking about for a long long long time, and I finally decided to put it into words. I actually started this a while ago but damn, I've been so busy with school.. sorry to everyone for being so scarce. Hope you enjoy!

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    dotsBit O Phildots

    Have you ever used the word "moment" in conversation? Not the mathematical or scientific term, but the common term, a moment in time. "From this moment on," or, "that moment in history." Perhaps even, "one moment he was alive, the next dead as a doornail." Maybe you used a different phrase to characterize the same thing. "Such and such an event marked a fundamental change in my life." This kind of language reflects a quantized understanding of time, and of life. To many people, life is a progression from moment to moment, some of them boring and common, others more exciting. These people define their lives by eras, seperated by single events, and thus define themselves as a conglomerate of several eras; early childhood, elementary school, high school, college, first job, first apartment, first spouse. These segments of one's life are thought of in explicit temporal terms. One generally has an idea of when his or her life switched from one to another. Yet, if you try to imagine the moment during which this transition was made, you will likely find it difficult.

    Time is not, in fact, a series of events or moments. Our lives are not quantized. Like all other processes in nature, we are constantly changing beings, who propogate through time, just as a ship propogates through the water. We change directions, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, but always gradually. You cannot mark the moment in time at which a ship hauls its rudder to starboard. The rudder had been moving slightly in the current. The time at which it begins to move distinctly to one side is a mathematical figment of the human imagination, nothing more. Even quantum physicists recognize this fact. The most knowledgeable physicists will tell you that there is in fact no quantum nature in the universe, it is merely the best fitting model, the easiest way to think about it. Nature may at times asymptotically approach a quantized event, but never fully reach it.

    Human beings are not entities, we are processes. You have as much a chance of singling out an event in life as you have of singling out the crest of a wave on the ocean. Every time you mark it, the crest is already changing, moving, sometimes mixing with other waves and disappearing entirely. Think of your life in these terms, and you may find it less exciting, and certainly less dramatic. Waiting in suspense for the next great moment gives way to acceptance and simple living. On the other hand, life takes on new meaning. Past present and future meld together. You notice things that you didn't before. Instead of thinking about the mistake you made last week, or your plans for success next week, you will see the sun, and the trees, and the people around you. You'll start to taste your food.

    This is the natural way of things. I am fully aware of the naturalistic fallacy: simply because something is natural does not necessarily imply that it is true. Yet in this case, how can we prove that either view is correct, when each view is merely a matter of perception? The goal is not to seek the true way, but the best way. The best way is the most beneficial way. To me, the most beneficial way is the way that is in accord with nature, though I won't bother arguing why. I merely offer an alternate means of viewing the world. So think about it. A little perspective never hurt anyone.

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      Time is irrelevant, we shouldnt be living moment to moment, we should just be alive always. Yet as humans inperfect in our ways we all live moment to moment stating such things as oh I cant wait till im old enough to drink or to drive. And we wish our lives away just to get to one "moment" or point in our lives in which we can do a thing. We overlook everything else in between. It is so true that there is no one defining "moment" to any change in our lives. The thing is the mentality of society doesnt allow you much room to sit and think that wow I am not really living. As Americans(since I cant speak for any other countries citizens) were taught you go to school for the first quarter of your life so you can spend the next two working then retire intime to be to old and bitter to enjoy everything that there is in this world.
    | Posted on 2004-09-14 00:00:00 | by Mithrandir | [ Reply to This ]

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