Saturday, May 23, 2009

There is indeed Jam TO-day

As a matter of fact, Jam only exists now. I totally disagree with the white queen, in fact. The only time there is Jam is TO-day. The idea of only having Jam today, correlates with the Zen philosophy of "being mindful of NOW". There is no guarantee of having jam in the future, ever. The future is an illusion at best, and not only is it an illusion, but it is also variable based on choices and decisions we make NOW. The queen is like a lot of us though. We try to remember the taste of the Jam of yesterday, its sweetness, its tangy taste on our tongues. We can never fully bring the jam of yesterday into our present state. Its gone. We have the memory of it, sometimes we cling to the hope to taste it again. We waste the precious "now" with fading memories of sweetness. Or, we waste our NOW with hoping to taste jam tomorrow. We think about the future jam, we hyper focus on it, perhaps, never taking any action in the present moment to bring it into fruition. We do nothing now, taking a gamble that we have any future at all. The future is an illusion. One that we really have little control over. Once we get to the future Jam, we find there is no jam at all, and perhaps at that moment, we start to pine away for the Jam of the past....which now is a distant memory.

'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'
'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'
'I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'
'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.







--from Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll, Ch. 5, Wool and Water --

'It's very good jam,' said the Queen.
'Well, I don't want any TO-DAY, at any rate.'
'You couldn't have it if you DID want it,' the Queen said. 'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day.'
'It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected.
'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTHER day, you know.'
'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'
'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'
'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'
'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'
'I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'
'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.

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