Monday, July 26, 2010

Impermanence as benefit

Often we unthinkingly believe that impermanence is a bad thing because we are so often beset by suffering when we experience loss. Here's another take on that however:

Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.

-- Blaise Pascal

No one can maintain a state of ecstatic pleasure indefinitely. Part of what makes it so wonderful is that it is brief, fleeting.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this. I've thought it before but I've not come across the Pascal quote before.


New policy: Anonymous posts must be signed or they will be deleted. Pick a name, any name (it could be Paperclip or Doorknob), but identify yourself in some way. Thank you.