Posted by Jerry on February 11, 2005
Ephemeral, life is. How can one truly know one has lived? Memories are hardly reliable. They are not even exhaustively complete. There are huge chunks of our lives that we just don’t remember. We just don’t remember how we lived those moments, or perhaps whether we lived at all! Sure, there are other sources that can be utilized to assist one’s memory – photographs, letters, clothes, homes, other people, etc.
Nonetheless, having lived an entire life span, when one arrives at the moment of their death at– say 80 years old, can one really feel like they lived all 80 years of their lives? Or does one just remember and feel the last 40 years? – And even those are probably only scattered visions.
I guess that leads me to ask the question, is there anything not ephemeral in our lives? How do we recognize, identify, and remember that which is lasting and not transient?
I notice strange characteristics in people. Like, there are some who walk on the ground, and they seem like they are simply walking. Nothing unusual. But then, you see some people who seem to be gliding across the floor. They are simply walking, but they give off the perception of being light, floating, gliding above the ground. They don’t just walk. I wonder about these people. How are their lives? What gives them that characteristic walk? Is it really nothing more than just their physical gait?