Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, to the future.Wikipedia entry for “Time”
In many blog posts and articles over the past week time and its progress has been a prime topic. There was a time – there’s that word again – when the turning of the century was a big deal, now it would appear the start of a new decade has become an event. There are “best of ….” list and even more fun “worst of ….” lists being published. Events are relived, analyzed, and commented on. I’m not sure why – perhaps as a way of flipping the page on a decade that has been a troubled one. Though can anyone really think of a decade that has not been?
“And why,” asks my two faithful readers, “your comments dripping with curmudgeonly cynicism on these retrospectives? A great deal of your time lately, and your posts for that matter, is spent looking back and recalling the past.” True dear reader, looking back over this year’s posts (okay I did it, get of my back! I’m old okay! That’s what old people do!) many, if not most, have been based on memories. Perhaps that is what happens when you are aware that the past in that progress Wikipedia refers to is lengthier than you know the future will be.
And these random thoughts on time, past, future et al were engender by?
This wonderful Christmas gift I received from my husband.
An early work by local artist Adam Sultan, it resounded with me the first time I saw it. Strangely my initial association was with photographs I had seen of The Eternal Road, a legendary 1937 opera-oratorio by Kurt Weill. But it also reminded me of the Gustav Doré illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy, if not in style certainly in form. The more I looked at it the deeper and more personal I found it’s message. For me there is a movement forward to it that conveys that unavoidable passage of time. That “irreversible succession from the past, through the present, to the future.”
December 29th is Pepper Pot Day. So let’s spice things up around here!