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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another moment in the Time/Ricoeur series

“The present is both what we are living and what realizes the expectations of a remembered past” (Vol. III, p. 35). Christmas day is all I hoped it would be. To say this, I must experience the present as the fulfillment of a past-future. The fullness of today is the manifestation of a layering of time, a pastness, a presentness and a futureness. Wordsworth: In this moment there is food for the future. He experiences the present not as present but as storehouse. At the same time, the present is layered as the return of the past that does not quite happen: the past is best remembered here, on the banks of the Wye. But what is remembered best is what is not experienced now.

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