Monday, November 09, 2009

 

Will Hoffman's "Moments"

(via) This? This is good.
Radiolab presents: Moments by Will Hoffman. This films is a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman's book, Sum.


I have this idea of what I'd like the afterlife to be like, if there could be such a thing. I think I've stolen this from something that Alan Moore said, but I can't remember where he said it. Basically, the idea is this: Once something has happened, it has always happened. It exists not just as an event, but as a physical point in spacetime, separated from us by the fourth-dimension (Time) but existing forever somewhere on the hypersphere of the universe. When we die, so the thinking goes, perhaps we can move our consciousness back and forth along our path through spacetime, visiting and revisiting any moment in our own personal history. This is why it's important for us to live as well as we can, to treat others as thoughtfully as possible, to seek whatever joys and happinesses that present themselves to us. If this life is all that there is, but we are allowed to revisit it as many times as we like, we make our own paradise, one moment at a time. I think about this often, usually on weekends when Allison and Georgia and I get to do all of the things we like most to do in life. And I often find myself pausing in the midst of a perfect Saturday afternoon, thinking "If I can have only one day forever, if I'm forced like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day to repeat twenty-four hours again and again, this would be a day I would choose." My goal is to make every day that day, but managing one or two days out of seven doesn't seem a bad average, all things considered.

Hoffman's video made me think of that, of my own personal vision of an afterlife. (Not the afterlife, but an afterlife--I don't lay any claim to special insight.) Got a little misty by the end, I'll admit.

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