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Can you juggle?

19 September, 2007

There must be a trick to it: how do you simultaneously give attention to the fact that:

  • your shoelace needs replacing,
  • or your door needs repainting,
  • or you have to meet a tight deadline at work,

 AND the fact that

  • in any case you’ll be dead in a few years and it won’t matter to anybody whether you ever did those things or not?
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  1. 20 September, 2007 12:41 pm

    Multi tasking v focus. I read that you make more varied brain connections as you get older if you can keep it together. Something to do with neuron leakage. Women with children juggle better than anybody in my experience.
    I still haven’t got far with mythos and logos that you posted a while ago. Read a bit about gnostics and greeks, didn’t seem to line up with the passage you quoted. Did read about Diogenes the cynic as a result. One source was drawing parallels between cynic? philosophy and the Christ in his cynical analysis of the established order of his time. Will be reading some more.
    Happened across Camus “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide”. The philosophy of hope? Maybe that’s where I’m headed?

  2. 23 September, 2007 5:59 pm

    Thanks. Good to hear from you again.

    What I was trying to express was that we humans, knowing what we know about the Universe, can be simultaneously aware of facts that are of enormously different scales of meaningfulness.
    At (practically) the same moment I can be thinking
    (a) ‘I must do something about that flaking paintwork’ and wondering
    (b) ‘what’s the point of IT ALL? and ‘shouldn’t I just pack it all in?’
    (Your Camus quote just about sums up this latter; living life without the (a) type of thought is difficult; but living life without ever having the (b) type of thought seems dishonest.)

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