Re: The Very Very First Sentence
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 15, 2004, 18:36|
Quoting J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>:
> Or the classical Greek idea that the past is before us (we can still
> "see" our past) and the future is behind us (creeping up to us sliiightly
> view - we get just glimpses... possibly to pounce & pound us to smithereenies
> like big kittycats have done to furrymonkeys [& somewhat furless ones as
> since both been around...)
And I thought that was an original idea of Pratchett's ...
> Or take this: "...The unknown is neither past nor future - it exists
> in the precise present." (Toru Takemitsu)
Probably not intended, but this reminds me of the relativistic concept of
Elsewhere. On the logic that no time passes at lightspeed, Elsewhere is
located _between_ plus and minus zero time distance.
> The "alien" is amongst us. Sometimes "the most alien" is right in front
> of our noses... at least until further notice from the skies...
That most commonly occurs when the nose is to be found pointing at television
set and a reality TV show is running. The Sirians would do well to expect