“You should not take old people who are already dead seriously. It does them injustice. We immortals do not like things to be taken seriously. We like joking. Seriousness, young man, is an accident of time. It consists, I don’t mind telling you in confidence, in putting too high a value on time. I, too, once put too high a value on time. For that reason I wished to be a hundred years old. In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.”
— Hermann Hesse
In the pool of eternity laughter echoes. Oh the humour may be slightly black and the joke is often on us. We are quite comical you know. A given moment of rudeness from a stranger can ruin a day or a week for us. From the long view it is inconsequential but the majority of us must look like either beasts raging for no reason over things that a few time ticks later won’t matter at all. Still by that time we will find something else to unleash our Daffy Duck tempers against, equally as inconsequential. From the longview even things fairly major that might cause months of depression must seem like small potatoes. After all ten years down the road, chances are our lives look totally different where joy exists and yet we get so stuck in our present woes. Would that we could gain either the eternal view of our dramatic moments from outside time or even more the view from outside space where we can see our situation in relation to others who have it much worse. Those others always exist somewhere in space, somewhere in time.
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