|FROM A RECENT WALK, |
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
"The term we are looking for might perhaps be found in Proust. He has characterized as 'instants of eternity', of perpetual adoration, those moments when man succeeds in 'fixing the time which nothing fixes.'
Yet it is less a question of 'fixing the time' than of passing to its frontier or beyond it.
'I have gathered the smallest atoms of time into ever-more-substantial textures,' wrote Mallarmé. To give substance to that thin thread of water or sand that runs between our fingers--that is our sole problem. It is this that inspires the mystics, as it inspires the poets. 'The contemplation of time is the key to human life,' says Simone Weil.'"
--Philippe Diolé, The Most Beautiful Desert of All
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."