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Re: Re: [humanism-174] I live thus time passes

From: Glen
Sent on: Friday, February 1, 2013 10:58 PM
Russell wrote: 	

"What gets me is how the popular thing is to say “live IN THE PRESENT”,  when any relatively intelligent literalist knows that isn’t possible.   I mean now that millionths of a second can be measured...  For us to make any kind of response to anything that happened so long ago takes a whole bunch of more time (assuming that’s what is meant by the “live” part of “live in the present”).  Thus it’s impossible for us to really live in the present! Then there’s the tougher question I allways want to know -  does the thing we call the present actually exist?... "

Good grief, this reminds me of Mark's linquistic quibbles. When people say "live in the present" I don't think they mean we need to try to grasp or focus on every fleeting, infinitesimally small unit of time as it passes, but essentially the opposite -to just relax and enjoy whatever you are currently doing or experiencing --whether it takes a few moments, an hour, or the whole day.  Another way of saying it would be, "Don't dwell on the past or worry about the future; just enjoy and savor life as it comes along.  At least that's how I've always interpreted the phrase.     

Speaking of time, I may have to retract all my critical comments about Dr. Ockel's and his ideas on that topic. Apparently his authority and credibility are beyond reproach, as he's been selected as one of the semi-final judges in a Ben and Jerry's ice cream contest: http://www.joinou...­


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