Howdy, Are You Goofin’ on Lateness? * (Hey, Baby!)

The Buddha is supposed to have said that we should think of material existence as a lamp, a cataract, a star in space / an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble / a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning. Baha’u’llah wrote, The world is like the vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion. All is illusion. It’s just a show, fairly useless and finally hollow. That being the case, of what importance is time, for heaven’s sake? (Or my own?) Another fantasy, ridiculous, so what could be the importance of phrases like “two weeks late” or “last month’s news” or “so 2015!”?

Listen, some of what I say could have been done in “January” – an invented construct, as is that of a “week” (see Genesis, Chapter 1) – or even in the earlier weeks of “Febyooary” – not only an arbitrary construct, but also tagged with an unpronounceable label – well, what could the matter be? In the view of the time-bound, the next piece I’ll post was started, oh, 13 days ago – whatever a day is! And some will argue that it should have been out within a “day” or two of the start of the arbitrary, named-after-a-pope-nobody-remembers-or-wants-to, Gregorian Year that apparently we’re calling “2016”. Silly, I know, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Lots of people pay attention to time, timeliness, days and hours, time out of mind. Sometimes I even fall into the trap myself. Though not recently.

But there is more to come.

* Extra points to those who read down to here, and ice cream if you actually got the R.E.M. reference. (In states and provinces where the ice cream provision is void by law, click here, but only if you understood my goofy title.)

Comments (4)

  1. Buck

    Howdy, are you goofin’ on Elvis, hey baby!/
    Are we losing touch?

    • 1. Hope *we’re* not losing touch, faithful reader.
      2. Pour yourself a tall bowl of Cherry Garcia, on me!
      3. Automatic for the People, “Man on the Moon”. People like Bucktavish, here, know their R.E.M. and likely better’n I do.

  2. B How

    I thought this was a particularly electric instance of your long warm-up asides. Just a “coming soon notice” – you’re becoming a bit of a prankster yourself.

    • At the risk of being accused of plagiarizing myself — an odd concept, but some people consider it pernicious — this *was* a long warm-up aside that I axed from an older post. Boring and blatherous. Trouble was, I liked large chunks of the blather, so I touched it up for, yeah, guilty as charged, a “coming soon notice”. Pays to advertise? I dunno. The pump needed priming, in any case, and outside of basketball score clocks, I really don’t have much sense of time…

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