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    I ran across this in the local newspaper today. “Skimmed” it at first, then went back and read it SLOWLY, a few times.
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    “What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter. months, years, centuries— these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time itself.
    Time is the Life of the soul.”

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
    American Poet (1807-1882)
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    Just thought I would share this, if anyone cares to do so.

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    • #1181993

      I have often contemplated that the world as I see it did not exist before I was born, or perhaps, before I became conscious of it.
      And the world I know will cease to exist the day I die.
      I’m not taking a creationist stance here; I believe that the solar system is 4.5 Billion years old, where a year is defined as the time taken for the earth to travel around the sun, but what value does that belief have before (about) 1946?
      And what value does that belief have after (ulp!) perhaps 2029?
      I can propagate that belief in writing (in such as place as this), but then my belief becomes someone else’s belief.

      • #1182056

        I have often contemplated that the world as I see it did not exist before I was born, or perhaps, before I became conscious of it.
        And the world I know will cease to exist the day I die.
        [removed arbitory values]

        Oooohhh you are a pickle Mr G

        [logic smiley goes here]
        If the world is a result of your reality, it all dies with you. Similar to your visibility in an existentialistic room when the light is switched off.

        Off to get my philosophy lexicon…back soon

        • #1182096

          Oooohhh you are a pickle Mr G

          [logic smiley goes here]
          If the world is a result of your reality, it all dies with you. Similar to your visibility in an existentialistic room when the light is switched off.

          Off to get my philosophy lexicon…back soon

          Please don’t die, Mr G!

          • #1182102

            Please don’t die, Mr G!

            Don’t worry Argus, Mr G’s reality will die but yours will continue to live……..phew!

          • #1182211

            Please don’t die, Mr G!

            Let’s be quite clear about this: Time, however perceived, is part of our fabric.
            Our genes “switch on” in time to change our bodies and hence our minds, and mine have been switching on since before my hair started to fall out, my teeth rot, and my eyesight and hearing fail.
            And other stuff.
            There’s no excuse for avoiding death. It comes to all our bodies.
            Mine, and yours.
            The trick, as I understand it at this moment, is to make the best use of time that we can before the conveyor belt dumps us into the hopper.

        • #1182208

          Off to get my philosophy lexicon…back soon

          But no, Jezza, you won’t be “back soon”, because you can’t come back the way you were.
          You’ll be a different person once you have bumped your head on the cross-beam in the attic (thereby embedding crossness!)
          When you come back, you won’t be the Jezza we know and love.
          Or know.
          Or Love.
          Whatever ….

    • #1182264

      For me, it’s all a matter of perspective. My perspective is that time is life and life is time.

      Life is all encompassing, it is what is taking place in this moment called time.

      So, I suppose that I agree with Mr. Longfellow.

    • #1182592

      Time can’t be stopped; it can’t be hoarded or banked.
      Time should not be killed; neither should it be punched.
      Time should not be merely measured; only a cuckoo chronicles the hours.
      Time is freely given but easily wasted.
      Without an established routine free time is lost time;
      We are too good at filling time with empty spaces.
      Totally unlimited time is totally unmanageable time;
      But deadlines and schedules can be our reins on time.

      • #1182965

        Time can’t be stopped; it can’t be hoarded or banked.
        Time should not be killed; neither should it be punched.
        Time should not be merely measured; only a cuckoo chronicles the hours.
        Time is freely given but easily wasted.
        Without an established routine free time is lost time;
        We are too good at filling time with empty spaces.
        Totally unlimited time is totally unmanageable time;
        But deadlines and schedules can be our reins on time.

        Interesting philosophical dialogue. They all sound like variations on that quote (can’t remember who) “You cannot step in the same river twice”.

        Ron M

        • #1182970

          Interesting philosophical dialogue. They all sound like variations on that quote (can’t remember who) “You cannot step in the same river twice”.

          Ron M

          Heraclitus?

          (I’m gob-smacked that the Firefox spell-checker let that one through without a murmur!)

      • #1182971

        Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.
        Douglas Adams

        • #1182974

          Deep Pan for the Day:

          • #1183582

            My two penn’orth

          • #1183588

            Deep Pan for the Day:

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            Moving on from Deep Pan, how about Dead Pan?

            If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it?

            Right now I’m having amnesia and deja-vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.

            and that old Lounge classic…

            I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

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