On time

The scope of time from beginning to end is so vast that the mind cannot begin to comprehend it. The thought of such eternity may humble you, but it’s just as likely that you’ll easily dismiss the infinitude of your own smallness because it is so difficult to grasp. But there is no need to think of the distant Big Bang, or the formation of the earth, or the dinosaurs, or the Romans to understand the shortness of your own breath. You don’t need to think about the world a hundred years ago, or the years before your own birth. Think only on how far gone this morning already is and you will realise that you are no longer the same person you were even a few short hours ago. If this does not make you realise that life is fleeting and your time short, nothing else will.

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