We Can Not Control The Passage Of Time

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Our divided selves and our Self’s: how we betray ourselves through our design

O plunge your hands in water,
Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you 've missed.

- As I Walked Out One Evening,
W. H. Auden

We cannot control the passage of time: like water, it slips through our fingers and reminds us that we are ephemeral. If we are born into this world without our will and we leave it without our will then, alone, each of us is vulnerable and separate. Vulnerable to the external forces which influence our sense of identity and then separate from one another due to our biological parameters. As life experience accumulates these newly deposited substances sediment and float to the surface to convalesce into ideas, opinions and emotions and, as Edward de Bono puts it, is ‘where the brain becomes mind. '

Even if we cannot halt the passage of time or stop the water from flowing, our actions in the present have the power to direct the stream so that once we learn to swim we are able to choose what we do with our lives. If our time is biologically limited and if we need each other, in order to be personally fulfilled, it stands to reason that we should strive for a “good life” for everyone, so how can we do more “good?" If there is a mechanism which absolves us from our responsibility to be good, what is it? The simple answer could be that we are human.

But what is humanity and how does our self-awareness dictate our capacity to be good? A…
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