Friday, February 09, 2007

The paradox of consciousness

I was reading a book by Merlin Donald, titled “A mind so rare”. Donald provides some insightful views of the human consciousness ie. Our capacity to be aware of ourselves. Ofcourse, my short definition does not justify his writing, as he has dedicated 350+ pages for the expanded explanation of the human consciousness.

I would like to quote a quote that was inside this book. Its written by a certain Marcus Aurelius. It reads

"Were you to live three thoudsand years, or even thirty thoudsand, remember that the sole life wheich a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses. This means that the longest life and the shortest amount to the same thing. Fot the passing minute is every man’s equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours. When the longest-and the shortest-lived f us come to die, their loss is precisely equal. For the sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns, and nobody can lose what is not his"

Have a good weekend all :)