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Si Pascal tungkol sa Panahon


Hindi tayo kailanman nananatili sa kasalukuyan. Inaalala natin ang nakaraan; inaasahan natin ang hinaharap na para bagang natatagalan tayo sa pagdating nito at para bagang minamadali natin ito, o inaalala natin ang nakaraan upang para bagang pigilan ito sa mabilis na paglipad. Napakamangmang natin na gumagala-gala tayo sa mga panahong hindi nating pag-aari, at hindi pinag-iisipan ang iisang panahon na atin; napakabanidoso na pinapangarap natin ang mga panahong hindi umiiral at bulag na tinatakbuhan ang iisang panahon na umiiral. Ang katunayan ay masakit ang kasalukuyan. Tinutulak natin ito palayo sa ating paningin dahil binabahala tayo nito, at kung kalugod-lugod ito para sa atin, malungkot tayong mawala ito. Sinusubukan nating bigyan ito ng tukod ng kinabukasan, at iniisip kung paano natin maaayos ang mga bagay na wala naman sa ating kapangyarihan sa isang panahong hindi naman tiyak kung mararating natin.

Suriin ng bawat isa sa atin ang kanyang mga pinagmumunihan; makikita niya na tungkol lahat ito sa nakaraan o hinaharap. Halos hindi natin kailanman iniisip ang kasalukuyan, at kung inisip man, ito’y upang makita lamang kung anong liwanag ang binibigay nito sa ating mga binabalak sa hinaharap. Hindi natin layon ang kasalukuyan kailanman. Pamamaraan natin ang nakaraan at kasalukuyan, kinabukasan ang tanging nilalayon. Kaya hindi kailanman tayo nabubuhay, ngunit umaasa lamang mabuhay, at dahil lagi nating binabalak maging maligaya, hindi maiiwasang hindi ito mangyayari kailanpaman.

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