Life is a series of trade-off. Facing numerous possibilities, we have to choose one out of everything else. And we miss all the others. Focusing, however, on this one moment selected, the rarity of such precious moment would overwhelm us as it is what we’ve chosen and have committed.
Among infinite time and space possibilities, we can live and die only at this specific given time and place. We call it here and now. Such here and now is never replaceable. It is not generic, but existential. Heidegger calls it Being-in-the-world.
If we signify us as a generic word “humans,” then we would miss such existential, irreplaceable particularity. Life is not only a series of trade-off, but a trade-off as such. Your life and moment are nobody’s, but yours out of infinite time and space possibilities.
We say God is ubiquitous and omnipresent. Our existence is completely opposite. We can live and die only at this given specific time and place. God is anytime and everywhere. We are now-here but no-where else.
Such existential reality sounds overwhelming. How can we manage this?
Paradoxically, the remedy could be flow. Once we choose and commit this particular, precious moment to live and die, such existential here and now would start flowing like one moment creates another, and another, and another.
Suddenly, we feel life is creative. Life could flow creatively only if and when we grab it as Being-in-the-world.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.Lao Tzu
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