Monday, July 20, 2009


Karen Armstrong posits the idea of 'everywhen', a timeless experience in which the moment is eternal. We understand the idea of 'everywhere', but our modern, rational, linear minds cannot process the idea of an 'everywhen', a time outside the stream of passing moments which we understand as existence. She suggests Aboriginal Australians' concept of 'dreamtime' as an example of a state of everywhen.

Myth, she says, is a way of explaining the everywhen. She goes on:

A myth was an event which, in some sense, had happened once, but which also happened all the time. Because of our strictly chronological view of history, we have no word for such an occurrence, but mythology is an art form that points beyond history to what is timeless in human existence, helping us to get beyond the chaotic flux of random events, and glimpse the core of reality.

This, it seems to me, is close to Nietzsche's idea of eternal recurrence. It is through reconciling oneself to this that one can achieve contentment

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