To quote the recent words of Jackie Gillies who truthfully says that 'when we look up at the night sky we are being blinded by the past.'
The extra-solar night sky is full of allegations of events that took place a long long time ago but which do not reflect reality in any recent moment.
Galaxies no longer there - wherever there was billions of years ago is not there now.
The night sky therefore is full of images from the long forgotten past that do not tell us anything about the reality of the moment as it truly now is.
Perhaps these images of a lost past also block out images of some unrecognised present.
Even all the images of the now that we see and in which we live – its mundane objects etc are also subject to entropy, chaos and disorder and are also technically, physically, empirically more degraded every moment they sit there seeming to do nothing.
Basically our world of props and furnishings and social fabric is also receding into some distant and entropically degraded state.
In our three dimensions of space and one of time – our plane of existence, with its dualism and chaos, is comprised of combinations of energy and matter which give us our perception of time. Even this is dictated by the physical cycles, forces and chemistry of stars and planets.
Such a space-time fabric underpinned by gravity and energy degradation is by its nature entropic.
1 Corinthians 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Buddhist writings give us the importance of living in the now – unattached to the past or unworried about the future.
Buddhism and many of its associated paradigms emphasize the importance of living in the present moment — being fully aware of what is happening, and not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. This does not mean that they encourage hedonism, but merely that constant focus on one's current position in space and time (rather than future considerations, or past reminiscence) will aid one in relieving suffering. They teach that those who live in the present moment are the happiest. A number of meditative techniques aim to help the practiser live in the present moment.
The present (or now) is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection (perceived more than once) or a speculation (predicted, hypothesis, uncertain). It is a period of time between the past and the future, and can vary in meaning from being an instant to a day or longer.
So how therefore do we live in the present if our perceptions are always being dragged down the river of time as we hold onto things that are passing away.
Christ asked us to abstain from the attachments of riches: Mark 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Perhaps the simplest law that keeps us in the present not dragged down or along by the past or driven by worry about some ominous future is about loving others and loving God. That is the law – the divine pattern of Christ that fills us with the utter fullness of God to the point where we are not depleted and passing away.
In Plato’s Cave allegory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave
we see an analogy for the human condition – blinded to heaven.
If the cave is the human condition and what we see in the darkness are images of the past – then we must try to let go of our attachments and worldly associations if we are to evolve and progress.
Plato lets Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.
Socrates then supposes that a prisoner is freed and permitted to stand up. If someone were to show him the things that had cast the shadows, he would not recognize them for what they were and could not name them; he would believe the shadows on the wall to be more real than what he sees. After some time on the surface, however, the freed prisoner would acclimate. He would see more and more things around him, until he could look upon the Sun. (516b–c)
Perhaps therefore aware that the nature of this world and dimension is passing away before us we can meditate on another idea – that there are many mansions beyond here that are substantially better than what this Earth has at present become.
With that in my mind therefore I hope after my stay in this dimension and cave that at one point I will be in a fit state to gaze upon the Son.
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.