IN SEARCH OF ETERNITY

2016-01-22Georgin_François,_The_3_Roads_to_Eternity,_1825Long ago I read an Indian parable which presents the idea of eternity rather vividly.

Imagine a diamond cube with an edge as long as the river Ganges is wide. Once every thousand years a raven sits down on the cube to clean its beak on the super-hard surface. The time during which the cube will be abraded down to a grain of rice will be only an eyewink of eternity.

Based on Jesus’s words about the narrow and wide gates leading to life — in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:13-14) — the French artist Georgin François created his “Three Roads to Eternity” (see the picture)

In The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen writes about little Kay playing in the Queen’s palace with flat pieces of ice. Kay arranged pieces to spell out many words but wasn’t able to make the one word he was so eager to form. The word was “Eternity.” “If you can puzzle that out you shall be your own master, the Snow Queen said to him, and I’ll give you the whole world and a new pair of skates.”

Having read those lines, I thought that in the pursuit of their mundane, people would sooner be after the “whole world” (take the un-buried guy I mentioned in my yesterday’s blog) or “a new pair of skates” (take our Ukrainian nouveaux riches), or after both, and lose the PERSPECTIVE OF ETERNITY in the end.

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