Two more Nows

4.) The Now of Remembrance. While physical nows divide up time purely sequentially, such that if there is a sequence of events A,B, C, then B is closer in time to A than C is, the now of remembrance is not like this. Birthdays, Anniversaries, events in the liturgical year, etc. are all moments when we experience being closer to an event in the past than we felt, say, two months before, even though the moment two months before was closer in sequential, physical time. We are closer to the resurrection on Good Friday than we were last Christmas, even if the latter is closer to it in physical time.

5.) The Now of Music. The melody is somehow whole, happening now, without needing to be present at once.

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3 Comments

  1. Marshall said,

    December 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Ever read T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets, especially Burnt Norton? It

  2. B.Baxter said,

    December 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    What about the now one experiences in a moment of fantasy, like a TV show, novel or film? I might say that “once” something happened to such-and-such a character even if I’ve personally seen that episode multiple times. “Once, Hulk said to Loki, ‘Puny god.’”

    Does this count as a new type of now? Is it dependent on having been completely assumed into a piece of fiction that it seems real, or does that illusion of entertainment have nothing to do with creating a different kind of “now”? It may be only a subset to the “Now of Remembrance.”

  3. skholiast said,

    December 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    the Now of Music might be more generally expanded into a Now of Art , though there is something about music that makes it seem like the perfect form of this.


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