Saturday, January 28, 2012

Avoiding the Void

I have been watching a lot of David Attenborough specials on telly lately. The photography is stunning; the production values are superb. Attenborough seems to have a tendency to emphasize the brutality of nature (which is true) in such a way as to hammer home the point. It made me think...Is there really anything else to life besides eating, defecating, breeding, dying and the incessant whirling, spinning and flailing about we do to in order to avoid the ultimate emptiness of existence?

I got an image the other day of life being a funnel filled with sugar. When we are born it is full and we begin to spoon more and more into the funnel as steadily it flows out the other end. Therefore, it continues to appear full, but should we pause, even for a moment, the hole at the bottom is exposed and no amount of shovelling can ever fill it again.