Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Phantom relationships and living in the past

RD Laing:

To live in the past or in the future may be less satisfying than to live in the present, but it will never be as disillusioning. The present will never be what has been or what could be. In the search for something outside time, there is an enervating sense of hopelessness and pointlessness.

To be sustained, elusion requires virtuosity: it can lead to enchanting nostalgia. It must never break down. If specific, it becomes ugly. Madame Bovary is a definitive statement of this in literature.

Time is empty. It is as futile as it is inescapable. A false eternity, made out of all the time on one's hands which drags on eternally. It is an attempt to live outside time by living in a part of time, to live timelessly in the past, or in the future. The present is never realized.

Self and others

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