Fait Accompli

The passage of time is unavoidable to anyone alive. The consequences of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, fortnights, months, seasons, years, decades, eras, centuries, ages and millenniums may be undetectable and slight but entirely inescapable. We are all going to die. Everyone we know will soon pass into whatever happens next. We don’t truly know if anything happens at all beyond this chunk of time we call life and the perceptions of time we call memory.

 

There is absolutely no permanence. Time moves quickly and relentlessly and the percentage we experience is fleeting but not necessarily meaningless. People possessing great power, wealth, fame and infamy will die just like everyone else, just like the poor, obscure and dispossessed.

 

Only arrogance, ignorance and obliviousness can shield us from internalising the futile fight against time. Enlightenment can raise difficult questions that ultimately lead to despair and madness. We cannot truly understand nor ignore the power time has over our brief tenure as custodians and biological entities. It is difficult to process and accept this power because it represents a lack of influence and control.

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