Revelations of Time

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David Horowitz’s book A Point in Time is at root an exposé on the nature of Time, that double-edged sword which, by obliterating all in its path, highlights the precious from the superfluous in our lives.

In structure, the book consists of Horowitz’s reflections — from his childhood and father to his deceased daughter and own mortality — not unlike the approach of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, whom the author quotes at length and has apparently learned much from (and a better instructor can scarcely be found).

But this is not an abstract or theoretical book; Horowitz often begins with the mundane and concludes with the profound.  So chapters starting with anecdotes concerning his pets progressively develop into philosophical reflections.  Nor does Horowitz merely quote the great men; he participates in and synthesizes their thoughts, showing their applicability to modern times.

For instance, the stoic emperor asserts that things outside us “do not touch the soul, for they are external and immovable; our perturbations come only from our opinion of them, which is within” — words to be echoed well over a millennium later by Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Horowitz simplifies: “You cannot alter the world, so do not make yourself miserable trying.”

Considering that the author has spent a great deal of his career as an activist, his musings — all of which lead to the inevitable conclusion that our lives are but a tiny speck in the spectrum of time, soon to be forgotten — make his reflections especially poignant; for here we have a man whose profession wholly revolves around “making changes” coming to the realization that “[t]his is nature’s way, to come and go.  Let it go.”  He even confesses to wondering whether, “knowing what I do now [i.e., the temporalness of life,] I would have been able to go forward at all.”

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  • tarleton

    The existance of God is unprovable , but i for one am prepared to give god the bennifit of the doubt as ,let's face it , most humans don't suffer atheism nobly ..what works for a privaledged group or class may not work for the great unwashed ..life is a hard , painful struggle and people need a philosopical view to raise their moral and not to lower it
    Even if atheism could be proven correct (it probably is ) only a fool would try and mainstream it , as to many people it would only lead to an eventual moral anarky as atheism can be interpreted as no need to be burdened by sin , guilt or remorse
    The problem with educated idiots like Prof Dawkins , Hitchens etc is that sooner or later these fools are going to run into folk who take their atheism very cynically and opportunistically and are going to be defruaded , ripped off , mugged or even worse
    Becareful what you wish for in life , you may just get it …AND DESERVE IT

  • Asher

    Many people face cold hard reality as wealth, peace, and freedom disappear on the horizon. Those who don't know the creator or the Water of life are destined to become more unhappy as the Progressive failure and destruction of Earth begins..The things we see are not just earthly they are spiritual and signals man's decline and the rise of the Anti-Christ…Man would not have accomplished all he has without the blessings of the creator and his grace upon men. Romans 2:5 "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasured up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and Revelation of the Righteous Judgement of God."