Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Things clear and unclear

As mentioned in former blogs I love being subscribed to A.Word.A.Day and quite often the quote at the end gives food for thought.

Recently: “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. -Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (1905-1980)” had me laughing.

Right – in theory this should (and he also used “should”) – hold true. But, oh the things that can happen to prevent that: smudged fingerprints on the glass; dirty sand grains leaving a trail of filth as they go through; poor quality glass – to name only a few.

Then there’s the other end of it: the “see”ing bit.  One’s eyes often grow dimmer: what hourglass? Where? Then there’s the lack of adequate electrical paths from the eyes to the brain leading to “Now what was that I just saw? What was it about the thought concerning the thing I just saw?“

Again, the premise is good – it’s only the sludge on the brain and the physical degradation of one’s faculties that perhaps interfere with the wonderful logic. And of course if the hour glass is no longer the old fashioned kind, but rather digital - all bets are off!