Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Writing Time

We write history to combat death, oblivion and meaninglessness. We "put" events or our thoughts of events  "down in writing" to create order, to pin down, to capture what flees and takes with it parts of our mortal bodies. Our time is limited and running out and we want to make sense of it; to create a collection of written-down moments, texts which capture the essence of what was so that we can make sense of what is. We are in flux. "Writing down" thoughts, novels, journals, texts inscribes them on time. These inscriptions install order to our universe and are at same time our memorials. We insist that scripta manent - "written words remain" because how can we accept  a world we are not in?
Like Hugo's automaton we are vessels of records; like Kango Suzuki, creator of the 400-piece clock, we are "writing down" time.


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