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No Going Back Now

Chris Farmer RSS / 31.12.2011. u 12:26

No matter what we do, the next step is always forward.

It is a fact of our linear time-space continuum that the life in the world is a one way street. 2011 cannot be followed by 2010 (nor by 1526 as far as that goes) or anything other than 2012. Tonight we celebrate that passage in our odd and somewhat superfluous tradition marking the passage of time. Even as I write this, we could be celebrating the passage of 11.59 into 12.00...

Happy New Afternoon, everyone! Should auld acquaintance et cetera et cetera!

There will be chronicles of the past year playing across televisions and YouTube channels for most of the day and even into tomorrow and the next week, outtakes and clips where we look back and review our most recent history, getting ready all the while for the next year.

Some of us would like to carry on into 2012 with the same tempo and leitmotif as has been playing until now. Others of us would wish that 2012 could be started tabula rasa and that we really could forget the auld acquaintance of the outgoing year and start afresh. Sadly, to do such a thing would hardly be feasible. Wipe out the collective history of the species and reboot?

Our linear progression through the human construct of time allows neither "back" nor a "clear cache" option (he quipped, extending the metaphor a little too far). Whatever has happened in the now waning 2011 is set down in evidence while the unwritten events of the waxing 2012 will be tinged and tainted and colored by them.

The only way we can affect the past now is in its interpretation. Everything that happened happened. But what the individual and collective consciousness can do now is spin past events in their burden of meaning and their significance. We are able to reorder events in order of importance or magnitude and assign new meanings which will, in turn, allow us to plan for 2012. We can say to ourselves that this year we will do THIS better or THAT differently or THE OTHER THING in a manner more conducive to a fortuitous outcome.

In the end, we are stuck with our histories but not our futures.

Herein is the paradoxical paradigm of the New Year's celebrations. Life, as John Lennon famously stated, is what happens when you are making other plans. So we plan and plot and scheme and outline and forecast and look ahead and try to guess what we will do in the coming year, but we will finally do what we do regardless of plans. Sometimes, in retrospect, we will see that reality and projections match up. But mostly all we do is take each new step forward - our planning only gives us the illusion that our next step will not be into a mud puddle.

If all this seems a little gloomy and existentialist, it is not. Ask me if I would recast and reorder and change things about this outgoing year and I will tell you that I would not. This is not because everything went swimmingly, all being for the best in the best of all possible worlds. In fact this year was a bit of swine for me in many ways. Still, the inexpungeable record of 2011 can do none other than shape the as yet untold story of 2012.

And I cling to the hope that I might have learned something from it.

Happy New Year.

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jinks jinks 12:34 31.12.2011

Acctually,

maybe there is a way to go back in time in a progressive manner. For example, by reading and interpreting the history in a more clever way, i.e. in the manner closer to the truth, whatever it may be.

In this way path to the future may not necessarily be determined by the linear time-space continuum.

So Happy New Year 2012., and may you find some new 2010s and elevens also.
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 12:39 31.12.2011

Re: Acctually,

jinks
maybe there is a way to go back in time in a progressive manner. For example, by reading and interpreting the history in a more clever way, i.e. in the manner closer to the truth, whatever it may be.


Here you would distinguish between fact and truth. A "fact" would be a shopping basket dropped in a crowded open market. The "truth" would be written according to each set of eyes which witnessed it. Some watched the person stumble. Some watched the apples rolling. Some watched the reactions of the rest of the crowd.

But the basket fell nevertheless.

(and a Happy < 2012 > to you too!)
4krofnica 4krofnica 12:39 31.12.2011

nju.jir.rezuhloošn




and Happy New Afternoon to you too Chris :)
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 12:40 31.12.2011

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4krofnica



and Happy New Afternoon to you too Chris :)


And a prosperous New Evening!



maca22 maca22 19:47 31.12.2011

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Filip2412 Filip2412 15:54 31.12.2011

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Our linear progression through the human construct of time allows neither "back" nor a "clear cache"


I like your no u-turns logo , it's a good attitude for the New Year's coming.

Future is always to be embraced, because all good, bad, exciting and all Life comes from The New.

Speaking of past, there is a quite functional alternative to "clear cache" though, in the East it is called Meditation, in the West, the closest translation would be Not giving fcuk
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 17:25 31.12.2011

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Great link!

jednatanja jednatanja 16:00 31.12.2011

Auld

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” W.White

Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 17:26 31.12.2011

Re: Auld

Wise words. Cheesy song.



Happy NY!
mlekac mlekac 21:38 31.12.2011

Food is served

Last of my off-springs have left to have a great time with their friends, finally, I can have bit of time for myself.

Happy New Year, Chris!

Sometimes is better not to turn back, there is nothing you can change there.
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 12:08 01.01.2012

Re: Food is served

Happy New Year to you too... I could not look back if I wanted to (my neck hurts).

mlekac mlekac 19:12 01.01.2012

Re: Food is served

Chris Farmer
Happy New Year to you too... I could not look back if I wanted to (my neck hurts).




Same here!


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