The natural condition is behind us. Whether or
not it was golden, to the extent that we have fallen, remains a
preoccupation in heroic minds. This question is as old as written
record. From Gilgamesh to spacemen. Plato to Sartre and who
knows what is currently mumbled in the halls of thinking.
But I do not think the ancestors asked the golden question until a long time had passed. Not because they
were harmonious beneficiaries of the natural condition, but
because the question had no usefulness. Certainly memory would have
contained the qualities of yesterday, and the mind searches for a potential
tomorrow. Then through language and an ability to share idea, the
perfect time would have emerged as a usefulness in an increasing complexity.
A circle, from perfect back to perfect.
It is, I suggest, out of "time as quality"
that questions emerge. So if you are eccentric in your beliefs, and
here I share the eccentricity, time is a material element of being a
Like the ancestors I do not find myself in a position
of apoplexy over the "question why", unless it pertains to an
immediate issue. I manage to get out of bed in the morning, whether
God exists or not. Then if the cat is missing I might ask the "question
And here, I have a question that might clarify my
position. "Why do people believe in anything?"
The answer generally is hedged by definitions. "Define
belief?" Is it an idea, or is it a thing.
Some will see it is a quality of awareness. For me this makes it both
an idea and a thing, because awareness is a thing that makes things.
People are things that make and are able to share things. What we
share is sometimes unattractive and sometimes useful.