Most things man does, he does trying to make things last. For example the wedding-ceremony I attended aimes besides to respectability and rightfulness to the lasting of the connection and wants to asure this by calling the mightiest potence possible here, God itself.
Our ritualized doing gives structure to otherwise unstructured behavior and situations and is a means to “make things stay forever”. I hope my use of the words is not too bad and misunderstandable.
As every human being has to learn, change is unavoidable – we ourselfes change, this mago is different from the mago 20 years younger. Thank God! Life is change and man wants to have stability, unchangable “things”, something “für immer”, for ever, perpetual. So ritual, ceremony, doing something following the “old” forms and thus creating tradition (or at least the illusion of it) are like fixed islands in the streaming of life.
Time is not the enemy. It just is and we are in it – for ever. Pain is a part of life, the physical can be dealt with in some way (at least where the drugs are available), the mental or spiritual pain …
“Frau Welt” (literally “Miss World (!)) is a figure that shows on one side a living, healthy, blossoming woman. The other side shows a skeleton. I do not have good pictures here, what I found is from a museum. In my head are pictures from paintings I once seen (possibly from altars), but I was unable to locate them via web or in books.
“Media in vita in morte sumus”, in the middle of life we are in death. The historical era or piece of time of the european cultural history I like best and try to learn all about is the Baroque, roughly the time between 1555 and 1650 or later, depending on what you are looking for or dealing with (architecture, arts generally, literature, politics, religion).
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