Monday, May 08, 2017
More About Being "In or On" Time
I may have mentioned that on my good days I read a few pages of Marcus Aurelius book titled "Meditations" before I take a nap - not to disparage this classic but saying it puts me to sleep. It is a challenging read since the language has the cadence and vocabulary of a Roman Emperor in the mid- 100's A.D. That was certainly a time that was filled with intrigue and powerful people. Time that moved very differently than time today.
I went to Wikipedia and this is what they wrote about his book: "Aurelius' Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity, a state of psychological stability and composure, in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration."
Certainly fits these times, does it not? So what did this philosopher/ruler have to say about time? "Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity"
I think that I like that it reminds me how I have so little significance on this planet that my worries would not even fill the tummy of a mosquito. Some cultures move in monochromatic time and others in polychromatic time. Is that why we do not always get along with each other? You arrive too early for dinner and I arrive too late and no one arrives on time! We cannot agree on the correct time.
Have I moved us closer to an understanding? Now does that make you feel better?