Friday, November 04, 2005

On the brevity of the life (De la brevedad de la vida).

In: Einstein' s dreams (1993. Random House Inc. NYork. Library ICPNA of Lima-Cercado. Code:813.54. L72, its author, the American, Alan Lightman (Professor of Physics in the Technological Institute of Massachussets -USA-), relates in a very singular way since Kramgasse (Germany), its scientific projections, like as had dreamed them an Einstein, in love. Of the near 25 comprised chapters, I rescue two. In one of them, Lightman conceives humans that are born, grow and die in so alone 24 hours. In such circumstances it will exist two types of human beings: some that will born with the Sun, being that they will read little, must be strong and extroverted. Nevertheless, they do not listen the song of the crickets, neither could see leaves changing of color. And, others that being born at night, must be but mental, with fear to the external darkness, very of doing the things at the interior of theirs houses. When these people meet together, they say hello very fast and according to their shadows: clear or evanescent, they will speed up their steps. There is no time to lose. The life would be a moment, a fraction of a season, an insant similar to open and close of arms. At the verge of the 24 hours, one human would die, verifying at the final of his life, that nobody knows him. In the other chapter, the humans beeings live for always, existing also here, 2 human types, some that worked with extreme slowness its duties, on account of the infinite time that they have to his disposal, they wear comfortable clothes and are very slow in learning some job, the others will live very fast, having in mind to do all imaginable things, they will learn several professions, will marry several times, wear conservative clothes and will be plenty of material things.

Nevertheless these people would have one problem: they will be very attached to their relatives: parents, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, consulting each thing with them, thousand and thousand of times, becoming human beings with diminished independence, fact that with time, turn the people in humans without ambition. This diminished the moral and many humans will wan to to die. To this respect the Roman philosopher Seneca (Moral Treatises :Brevity of the Life., 4-years b.C-65 years a.C.-), assured 2000 years ago, that the duration of the present human life is not brief, if we employ it in an appropriate form. The problem is that most of humans thinks and plans as immortal. In the same way, instead of being dedicated to themselves, most lives the life of others. With the necessary adaptations, 80 years, is sufficient. Is not question of quantity, but of quality.
De la brevedad de la vida.
En: Los sueños de Einstein (1993. Random House Inc.NYork.Biblioteca ICPNA de Lima-Cercado.Código:813.54. L72, su autor el americano, Alan Lightman (Profesor de Fisica en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachussets-USA), relata de un modo muy singular desde Kramgasse (Alemania), sus proyecciones cientificas mentales, al modo como los hubiese soñado un Einstein, apasionado. De los cerca de 25 capitulos ultracomprimidos, rescato dos. En uno de ellos, Lightman concibe humanos que nacen, crecen y mueren en tan solo 24 horas. En tales circunstancias existirian dos tipos de seres: unos que nacerian con el Sol, siendo que leerian poco, serian fuertes, extrovertidos. No obstante, no escucharian el cantar de los grillos, ni verian hojas cambiando de color. Y, otros que naciendo de noche, serian mas mentales, con miedo a la oscuridad externa, muy de hacer las cosas al interior de sus casas. Al encontrarse entre si, estas personas se saludarian y según que sus sombras fuesen claras o evanescentes, apurarian el paso. No habria tiempo que perder. La vida seria un momento, la fraccion de una estación, un abrir y cerrar de brazos. Al borde de las 24 horas, los humanos morirían, constatando al final de sus vidas, que nadie los conoce. En el otro capitulo, se trata de humanos que viven por siempre, existiendo también aquí, 2 tipos humanos, unos que ejecutarian la mayoria de sus obligaciones con lentitud extrema, en razón del tiempo infinito de que dispondrian, vestirian ropa holgada y serian tardos en aprender algun oficio y, otros que vivirian de forma acelerada, que tendrian en mente hacer todas las cosas imaginables, aprenderian varias profesiones, se casarian muchas veces, usarian ropa conservadora, dispondrian de muchas cosas materiales.

No obstante estas personas tendrian 1 problema : al ser muy dependientes de sus familiares: padres, abuelos, tatarabuelos, tios, hermanos, consultando cada cosa con ellos, una y mil veces, devendrian en seres con independencia mermada, hecho que con el tiempo, los tornaria en personas sin ambición. Menguada esta última, muchos anhelarían morir. Al respecto el filósofo romano Seneca (Tratados Morales.Brevedad de la Vida. 4 ños a.C-65 años d.C.-), aseguraba hace 2000 años, que la duración de la vida humana actual no es breve, si la empleamos en forma apropiada. El problema es que la mayoria de los humanos piensa y planifica como inmortal, del mismo modo que en lugar de dedicarse a si mismos, viven las vidas de otros. Con las adecuaciones necesarias, 80 años, serian más que suficientes. No es cuestión de cantidad, sino de calidad.


jipzeecab said...

I am fortunately or unfortunately at the moment in the position of while awaiting a future surgical operation being categorized as being "terminally ill". I've been surprised that practically speaking this hasn't bothered me in the least..that I don't fear death..perhaps because I have blind faith that sometime in the near future when my world class cardiovascular surgeon determines that the mathematical probability of me dying from a rupture of my expanding aortal anneuyrism has reached the risk probability of me dying from the lifesaving repair operation and the damn thing will get fixed and I can resume a more normal active life again.
Our culture teaches us perhaps incorrectly that we should fear death (not withstanding that this may not be the "official"position religious or otherwise)and that the maintenance of life as long as possible is desireable. To that I say phooey..I prefer to have some "quality" to my life rather than just to just breathe in some vegetative state.

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