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What year is this?

This afternoon I was faced with the first piece of hard evidence that senility is beginning to creep in: I literally could not remember whether this was 2003 or 2004. I was sorting through my folder of notes for my personality class to weed out papers I didn't really need when I found a syllabus with the date Spring 2003. At first I thought it was an extra copy of my current syllabus that had wandered into my notes folder and was prepared to put it on my pile of extra syllabuses. Then I stopped and wondered: Is this 2003 or 2004? I had no clue! Stranger yet, I was fascinated by the experience! I knew that if I took a few seconds to reason it out, I could figure out which year it was. But I preferred to point my mouse cursor at the time indicator in my window so the date would pop up. And it did, informing me that this was April 14, 2004.

Transcending time has always been a goal of mine. I hate being constrained by time (and space). The most I have done in the past is to refuse to wear a watch for a couple of weeks or so to help me remain oblivious to the time. But today is a major breakthrough, not knowing what year it is! Obliviousness through senility is not exactly the way I would prefer to escape the constraints of time, but it will have to do until I figure out a better way. (Or die, which is an effective way to escape time but still not what I have in mind...)

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kent1
Apr. 17th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
Death & time
When we die, do we escape time or just the constraints placed on us by time?...
hostirad
Apr. 18th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: Death & time
I think both, actually. I said and I meant that when I die I escape time altogether, by virtue of not existing. And it follows that escaping time also means escaping the constraints of time.

But once again, this isn't really the kind of freedom I have in mind when I say I would like to escape the constraints of time. I would like to be able to have my consciousness time-travel to any point in the past or future to check out what is happening.
draco_alatus
Apr. 23rd, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
I forget how old I am all the time. It always puts me in a good mood partly because I am one step closer to not being age obsessed as so many people are and partly because of the amusing reaction of whoever just asked me!

I am of course quite mad.
hostirad
Apr. 23rd, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
I am of course quite mad.

Not that there's anything wrong with that ...
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