Balzac on the threshold of asserting his genius with ‘Cromwell’ was particularly ugly, in spite of his intelligence that sparkled in his small eyes. A stout thick set figure, untidy black hair bony features a large mouth and defective teeth. His timidity and lean purse could not afford him the distraction the city of Paris offered. ‘A very ugly man ‘ is how one of his contemporaries described him. Balzac neglected his personal appearance and his acquaintances noted with distaste, the thick grease on his leonine mane, the decaying teeth the way he dribbled when he spoke quickly, his unshaven chin and untied shoelaces. Whereas the bucks of the age far below in intellect and determination could insinuate themselves with a woman with supple phrases and time tested tactics he was tongue tied and ashamed of his looks. Balzac knew that his massive shoulders and bull-like neck and short legs would only make him look ridiculous if he tried to imitate the dandies of his day. ’Oh to have the feeling that one is made for love and destined to make a woman happy and yet never to find a single one… to have to carry treasures about with one in a beggar’s knapsack and meet nobody..who wants to admire them! I was often in despair that I was near to putting an end to my life.’
By a phenomenal absorption in his work he managed to stave off the demands of the flesh.
Archive for January 12th, 2011
Space and Time as an idea.
As rational beings we conceive time to separate two events that impress on our consciousness. By the time man has seen them as such there has been many events occurring elsewhere and his concept of time naturally is invalidated since he has no grasp of their significance. I shall illustrate this by a simple analogy. It takes 8 minutes for the light to travel from the sun and to impress on our retina. Even as we think we are counting time there are events actually happening around us to which we have no inkling off. But what if a bullet shot two blocks away by one ricochets and strikes us? What occurred elsewhere and significance of which was lost to us, is connected to our timeframe. As much as we may account for and place these events in our context there are many more that are so far removed from us to be of relevant to us. Even so these events separated by time can only be understood as relative to us. How the destruction of rainforests whether in the Amazon basin or in Indonesia creates chain of events and is integrated into our time frame in another corner of the earth is at best relative.
Consider how far back in space or time we can go and we would be still far short of the idea of Time or Space.
I used the capitals here to account for all the time frames that may be used by others simultaneously in relation to our time frame.
If there is a valid time frame for me there shall be Time that validate every other time frame elsewhere. If my will has determined time as a concept to separate two events it is possible that there is a Will in control of Time and Space.Our abstract thinking validates such a supposition.
Is it not then valid if I attribute that Will to God? God as a concept since we can work at best with concepts.