Holding On Forever – Inspirational Quotations

Cyclamen Painting….

 

“As we watch the blossom falling, we see ourselves in it, and we feel the gravity of the moment.”  ~|Zen Moments

There’s a great essay written by Sigmund Freud called: “On Transience.” In it, he cites a conversation that he had with the poet, Rilke, as they were walking along this beautiful garden. At one point, Rilke looked like he was about to tear up. Freud said, “What’s wrong? It’s a beautiful day. There’s beautiful plants around us. This is magnificent.” And then Rilke says, “Well, I can’t get over the fact that one day all of this is going to die. All these trees, all these plants, all this life is going to decay. Everything dissolves in meaninglessness when you think about the fact that impermanence is a really real thing.”


Perhaps the greatest existential bummer of all is entropy. And I was really struck by this, because perhaps that’s why, when we’re in love, we’re also kind of sad. There’s a sadness to the ecstasy. Beautiful things sometimes can make us a little sad. And it’s because what they hint at is the exception, a vision of something more, a vision of a hidden door, a rabbit hole to fall through, but a temporary one.


And I think, ultimately, that is the tragedy. That is why love simultaneously fills us with melancholy. That’s why sometimes I feel nostalgic over something I haven’t lost yet, because I see its transience. And so how does one respond to this? Do we love harder? Do we squeeze tighter? Or do we embrace the Buddhist creed of no attachment? Do we pretend not to care that everything and everyone we know is going to be taken away from us?


I don’t know if I can accept that. I think I tend to side more with the Dylan Thomas quote that says, “I will not go quietly into that good night, but instead rage against the dying of the light.” I think that we defy entropy and impermanence with our films and our poems. I think we hold onto each other a little harder and say, “I will not let go. I do not accept the ephemeral nature of this moment. I’m going to extend it forever.

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Or at least I’m going to try.

-Jason SIlva

Full Transcript: I highly recommend both links

http://www.johnmcconnellphd.com/uncategorized/1196/

http://www.journal-psychoanalysis.eu/freud-rilke-and-transience/

6 thoughts on “Holding On Forever – Inspirational Quotations

  1. perhaps we might contemplate that the way out is through – we may discover yet that infinity rules the material realm and yet at a place of equilibrium there is transformation energy that shifting perceptions may follow, in a sense, the stillness of reality towards being the awareness that stillness speaks… it makes not great sense during most human interactions that we are one – yet, what is perceived is generally distortions of spirit in the material universe and thus our perceptions are skewed and off.

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  2. Somehow I seem able to separate the appreciation of beauty and love from the inevitable rules of the (so-called) real world. They don’t make me melancholy, although their loss or corruption certainly does!

    “I think that we defy entropy and impermanence with our films and our poems.”

    That is an excellent point! Indeed we do. A library — or even a boook — is an outstanding example of low entropy.

    FWIW: One of my very first posts was about entropy:
    http://logosconcarne.com/2011/07/15/barrel-of-wine-barrel-of-sewage/

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    1. thanks for your interesting comment, i am glad someone is reading the post. 😉
      The links are worth a glance through. Our joys seem to be so fleeting while our pain seems to last forever. I wish it were otherwise.. Eve

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    1. I cannot say I am good at non-attachment, although I am well aware of the passing of time, and that clinging only causes suffering and real grief.

      Yet I remember well, when my beloved Siamese cat died way back in 2002. I could not look upon his loss as a “regret,” although I certainly did grieve. I looked upon his long life as a gift and a celebration. Perhaps that’s it – to look at everything as a celebration for the time it is given. Nothing is ours anyway. Thank you for your comment. ~Eve

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