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30 April 2007 @ 03:20 am
Response #9  
This truly is a beautiful passage. While it speaks of hope in the cyclic nature of life (not all bad things will last forever, but are a natural part of life), there is also a degree of foreboding in the sense that down-periods are inevitable. The author conceives of time as something contextual, a frame within which certain actions are appropriate. In other words, time is not designated by evenly-spaced arbitrations (seconds, hours, etc), but by a proper use. It comes from an era in which humans did not time their interactions by the hour on the watch, but by long cycles – seasons, months, night and day. Therefore, a broader perception of “time” is appropriate, but no less relevant (timeless) to the present day. Regardless of how one parses time into smaller and smaller increments, and no matter how the pace of modern life increases, time still has its uses.