Want eternal life?
Strapped in, for ever, on a
magic roundabout.


7 thoughts on “HAIKU 15

  1. Wyon, your question about boredom and weariness misses the point about eternity. If there were such an eventuality, and I suspect that the majority of humans hope that there is, then it is so outside our experience and knowledge that, surely ANY of he emotions or rules understood during, life as we know it, might also be eclipsed by something unknown and, hopefully wonderful. The universe holds many secrets; if it is an unending continuum then perhaps several billion years might include some boredom and weariness, in which case your terrestrial suggestion might be accurate and disappointing. So, thanks be, for me no weariness or boredom. Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” gets it.
    “But that the dread of something after death-
    The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn
    No traveller returns- puzzles the will,
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?

    • interesting points, Jane. Your hope that something wonderful might happen after death or Hamlet’s fear of dying because of other ills both presume that there is some continuation – i.e life after death. Personally i think it is almost impossible for us to conceive of eternity so rather difficult to answer the question – the prospect of being stuck in some difficult state concerns me – though the fact that everything changes is some solace in that.

      • Actually I was playing devil’s advocate – all I suggest is that IF there were an eternal life after death we would be na├»ve to think, as often touted by religions, that it might be ,in any way, similar to our lives on earth. This brings me back to wondering about you question, which I now see as tongue in cheek, as to whether eternity, if it exists for us, could be weary and boring. I still think not, for it is either non existent or beyond our ken.

  2. I think, also, it is a question born of our incomprehension of time – which we are told (and there is reliable evidence) is relative in its rate of flow and possibly also was created at the big bang. It is possible also that the future is completely predictable and our own belief in willpower and agency erroneous. I find such ideas fascinatingly incomprehensible. But sometimes the physicists in my view start to sound almost religious and I do wonder if they really have a clue what they are talking about, or if they are just the latest myth formulators and their theory too will evolve and outdate. For me the greatest comfort is the mystery itself. Dont know why I’m here, how I got here, how any of this got here, how something came out of nothing etc etc – much better than knowing – which might even be a disappointment. If God actually existed I would certainly like to ask him to reconcile the merciless old testament version with the new testament turn the other cheek and to take him to task for spina bifida and other appalling illnesses our children get without having done anything wrong – where is the compassion in that?

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