Saturday, 17 March 2012

Gazing Eternity from a Momentary Porthole

The ridiculous mortality in human aspirations

How long does it last eternity? Well, a lot. Finally you'll have time to do everything. Finally the sardonic grin of death won't be able to laugh at you. Finally you'll be happy. Right? Well, apart from the fact your jellyfish brain has been washed away long ago, a bunch of monkeys is having breakfast with your high cognitive functions and a dysfunctional family of pagurus bernhardus has been relocated in your skull by a housing project, yes, you smartly understood the essence of temporality.

It's better to admit it: we human beings have a problem with mortality. Especially in the Western we completely forgot the meaning of dying. We spend our life, day to day, doing something else pretending we have time, only to realize we are running out of it. It reminds me of the story about oil, that we are consuming like jerks, only to realize it is finished. Guys, honestly I think that we as a race have done something remarkable, but we are really out of touch we it comes to consumerism.

Anyway, back to temporality. How long is eternity? I mean, a lot of dudes are really convinced that after you're smashed by a truck and your internal organs are a soft jam, you open again your eyes and you live forever. Ok, let's talk about this forever. Do you think that you wake up, have a coffee (or maybe a pint of sulfuric acid if you are in hell), and start to hang up with our mate? (well of course to hang out in hell is slightly different) And do you think you'll do this forever? I mean forever WITHIN a temporal duration, it is a hell of period.

It does sound a bit childish: Ok I have a body and a day to day life and forever is simply the extension of this condition till, well , as the word says, “forever”.

Apart the most trivial cognitive and psychological objections: I.e. after one million years you are so fed up with your neighbours that your enternal activity is actually to kille them. But most of all you are bored to death by yourself: you'll start to forget things about you, precisely to avoid the unbearable presence of that bloody idiot it is your consciousness after one million years. In fact I presume we will pretend to be geranium flowers. Our cognitive system cannot be entertained healthily for such a long period of time.

But the real problem is that eternity is not even close to this. Eternity is a concept to discipline your consciousness and to liberate her. Precisely: your consciousness is embodied to a physical entity with a limited temporal span. When you are talking of eternity you are liberating the attachment of your consciousness. Be careful not to liberate the embodiment: typical mistake. Without your body, your consciousness is an hallucination: if you take away your body, what do you think it will stay? Your credit record???

So liberation from attachment. The biggest attachment is to time. Temporality is our definition of being focused on yourselves. So it is quite refreshing to entertain yourself in a detached attitude. And bang, here we are. Eternity.

Yes guys, eternity is timeless, not full of time. The universe is bloody old, not eternal. There is no eternity in physics (that we can make sense of). Eternity is just in consciousness. And guess how long does it last?

Take a seat.

The closest example of lack of duration our cognitive system can picture is: the instant!

All right, now stop behaving like an hysteric 20th century woman who has just knew about Freudian theories and doesn't understand she's actually realizing the theory by her own acting. Calm down. Don't be angry with me, but with the lack of appropriate theological depth in your business administration studies.

We make experience of the lack of duration in very short periods of time. It's not a coincidence that Mohammed trip in heaven lasts only a second. Even a catholic theologists, Ulrich Von Balthasar describe heaven and hell as the projection of your inner spirituality in day to day life: don't hold your breath to see if you fall in the lines of the morons Halloweenianly dressed as angels or devils. It is here. What is your eternity? Let's go backward. Think at the instant of your death. That's a good example: the moment you pass away, that is a big moment and it's not that long. So when it will come, enjoy it. But in general, everytime you concedes your consciousness the time of being out of time, you can enjoy the lack of duration.

Good if you take time to observe the moon/ sunrise/ your sleeping beloved. Perfect, a bit chewed Mac poetry, but it's a beginning.

An instant is an instant. On the tube when you see the sliding doors closing on your station, when you drink the very first sip of alcohol of the day, when you throw pasta in the boiling water, every one of this is an experience of instantaneous duration. It's not joy or sadness per se. But if you start to learn how catch the instant without reasons, then you are closer to live on the edge of eternity. And God bless the last drag of cigarette. Oh damn, I've quit. Hell.

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