Had to go into the Broadway today to pay an overdue bill. Was going to the bank anyway to get some money for some more cigarettes, so wasn’t really put out.
That letter did annoy me though; mainly the red letters in capitals giving a time limit – or else! It was only the electricity, for God’s sake!, a multi million pound company, not as if I owed money to some poor shopkeeper! I’m always very careful never to owe any money (except sometimes by accident with oversights like that); indeed, its quite the opposite, people owe me money all over the place (much of it for books, and some interviews) but I never get stressed out about.
I took a ‘long-cut’ through the woods on the way back as it was such a lovely day, and left all the bustle and greedy ’money sharks’ outside So quiet in there on weekdays; at least compared to the people rushing about outside in this frenetic world. A time limit to pay in, indeed! Sorry to go on about that but I just hate being given material ultimatums! You know I often wonder why it is that so many people are trapped in time. Wherever you look, people seem to be so governed by the clock, which extends from seconds and minutes to days and weeks, months and years, and so on unto eternity. Some people seem to live their whole lives governed by material time in some way, whether at home, at work, or anyplace they happen to be.
Of course, material time is essential in many respects for it provides security and without it Society – the world – would be in chaos. I think that is fairly obvious and needs no further explanation.
Except that is not really what I meant. It is obvious there is movement in this world (from getting to work, to the movement of the earth around the sun to the cycles of the planets); that this movement is ‘timed’ or measured, and the result is this thing we term ‘time’.
But you know, I wonder how many of us have ever asked ourselves whether this thing we term ‘time’, even really exists? (outside of the respect I have just mentioned). Could it be that in reality, there is no time at all? Could it maybe just be that everything that takes place (has ever taken place or is yet to take place) does so in an immediate – yet eternal – present? That nothing exists outside of this ‘eternal present’, which includes all life and death and all its cycles?
I wonder if this is really so difficult or hard to see?
As a matter of fact, it might be so defiantly simple, that this fact alone prevents its obvious recognition. What do I mean? Well, you know, you can easily test this for yourselves: try and see if you can live just one second or hour ago, or if you can live one second or hour on into the future. You will find out that this can never be done. You can only live NOW. Of course, you can move through this moment (which is measured as past and future) but in reality, you can never live outside this moment.
That is all I mean. There is only the present. The recognition of this would really help to set so many people free from the limitations of material time.