Willy-Nilly

March 8, 2010

posted by caroline picard

Something from Bergson

from Creative Evolution

If I want to mix a glass of sugar and water, I must, willy-nilly, wait until the sugar melts. This little fact is big with meaning. For here the time I have to wait is not that mathematical time which would apply equally well to the entire history of the material world, even if that history were spread out instantaneously in space. It coincides with my impatience, that is to say, with a certain portion of duration, which I cannot protract ir contract as I like. It is no longer something thought, it is something lived. It is no longer a relations, it is an absolute.

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