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Memory and Expectation

Obsessed with Time

Obsessed with Time

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.—Alan Watts

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  1. regarding cs lewis a grief ………when I could function after the sudden death of my friend of 25 years, about 2 weeks later, I took it to the books. lewis, joan didion the year of magical thinking, I read this twice & it generated a fantasy which got me through the winter, the harrowing dr joyce brothers widdowed, (her husband couldn’t quit smoking cigarettes), gail godwin evenings at five, & mary shelley’s journals

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