Over Time

Over time, many things change, including the idea of time itself.

And the earth, which once was said to "abidith forever," does not. Read "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking.

There is no comfort to be found in science or the behavior of the universe.

About all we know here, in what philosophers now call the "actual world," is that time has a direction.

Look at it this way: We do not get to ride backwards on the horse to the stable; and Humpty Dumpty will never fall up and back together on the wall.

And, damn!, we still don't know what happens when we die, despite some lively accounts by some who claim to have come close to death.

But note this: Generally the reviews on death are negative.

Says poet e e cummings:

dying is fine)but Death


wouldn't like

Death if Death
good ...

Stated author William Saroyan five days before he died:

Everybody has to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case.

And my own view: Death only inspires those looking desperately for a way out.

But death does have its lighter side in such sayings as, per Benjamin Franklin:

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

But on the day of reckoning such levity probably falls flat.

And don't count on the views on death to get more positive over time. If we are to believe the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a centerpiece of modern physics, entropy only increases over time, meaning that things only get worse.

By Louis Martin