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In this next series of writings I am revisiting last year’s research into Nietzsche’s doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, exploring what it might feel like to experience a moment. On a linear view of time, a view ingrained in the Western world and deriving from a Christian worldview, our perspective toward time is viewed as sequential moments leading to some kind of destination or ending. Each one building consequences upon another. Nietzsche rebelled against this world view to propose another - the possibility of time occurring in cycles, and the present moment, the only active moment of significance, repeating itself eternally. While this view does not provide a cosmologically accurate picture of time, the perspective of eternal recurrence could allow us to embrace present experience with the potency, ambiguity, and expansiveness of life at feels in an instance.
I’ve been gently navigating my way through Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space for a time now. In it, he writes about writing and he writes about walls. The human experience is made up of walls, both physical and conceptual; big walls, tiny walls, walls to keep things in, to keep things out, to keep things safe, to keep things private. Doors and hinges and keys and corners and locks, indeed we are “human beings, great dreamers of locks” (95). We search constantly for containers, whether for our most precious belongings or our most…Continue