Ex hoc momento pendet aeternitas

  • Peter Hulsroj
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


There are rare moments when time and the eternal come together. There might be moments of love when this is the case, and perhaps these sublime moments are the closest a human being can come to live eternity. In these moments the atomic perspective of individual life is reconciled with the enormity of the overall structure within which our existence plays out. Faust was ready for sempiternal servitude to the devil for such a perfect moment. But are such moments perfect, in the sense of time standing completely still? Upon investigation we will probably find that there is still a faint element of time pulling at us even then. Without this we may be dead. Are these moments proof of eternity and humankind’s belonging to it? In what is ultimately a subjective appreciation, the perfect moment is a piece of evidence pulling in the direction of the probability of immortality. Mortality might be understood as the mirror image of immortality, and hence one might not exist without the other. Yet earthly mortality can exist perfectly well without earthly immortality as we have learned at our cost over the millennia. And impossibilities exist! You cannot be dead and undead at the same time, although radical multiverse theory might modify this perspective and give new ammunition to Schrödinger and his cat.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hulsroj
    • 1
  1. 1.ViennaAustria

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