What happened to you?

We’ve all had that experience where we see someone we haven’t seen in a long while and notice that they’ve changed.  If it’s a child, the change is all the more pronounced, and we’re all the more amazed.  But I kind of wonder why that is.  Human beings being amazed by time is kind of like fish being amazed by water.  We exist in time.  We’re in it all the time.  It should be pretty ordinary.  A fish doesn’t notice water, I suspect, because it was made for it.  We notice time, I think, because we weren’t made for it.  We were made for eternity, and everything temporal ultimately jumps out at us as surprising.  We have mid-life crises because all of a sudden we are forced to say, “Wait a minute!  None of this feels right!” And indeed, it isn’t.

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2 thoughts on “What happened to you?

  1. This echoes of C.S. Lewis who said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

    I wonder if Adam and Eve noticed the passage of time before the Fall.

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