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running life philosophy

My lap analogy Facebook post yesterday; which was more about one year being a lap, whereas this is about all life being like a lap) reminded me of one of my (Bitcoiny: new money Banksy!: ironically, I’ve never had any cryptocurrency!!) artworks.

Whereas ancient humans may have seen life as an endless track; as they saw their world; and didn’t know the concept of death; as animals don’t now; humans today know we’ve got a set time, like track racing in modern athletics.

In the lap of life, as in my drawing, the beginning and end are always in sight, but as we go around the first corner, with the long straight of adulthood ahead, we forget about the beginning and don’t think about the end.

Then, when we come around the final corner, with the home straight ahead, we see the beginning too, and the lap of life as a whole. I read a lot of running philosophy quotes in my marathons ambition years (2004-16), but don’t recall this one, and didn’t find it in a quick search just now.

My books are full of such Doctor of Philosophy graduate philosophy and still free to download today (January 1st): on Smashwords and Amazon. Happy 2021!

Poem about Meaning of and Surviving Life

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem needs no introduction on a grey June day.  So here it is:
Life has More Meaning than Death
the world is probably not as exciting
for me as most people,
losing has more meaning than winning.
both small moments in time
that will not change anything,
my important tomorrow
is time’s irrelevance
one important day, time’s second thought
live for meaning
in today’s feelings,
staying the same is better
than not living at all,
playing your part is not submitting.
one animal of many species
still searching for its creator and reason
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk)

Poem about Paradox within All of Us?

Life's Paradox
Image by Pensiero via Flickr

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is about some of the paradoxes that he feels inside him.  Sometimes people act differently day-to-day, and change their outlook and views just as often.
This can be interpreted as flexibility or weakness depending on their role in life and what, if anything, results from their views and actions.  As well as the personality and attitude of whoever is judging their behaviour.
This poem is set in those days when you have too little to do and too much to think about: when life can seem superfluous to the mind.
But it is a poem  of life, and all the little contrasts and contradictions that make it sweet to complete.
The Futility of Life and Death
trying to live in health
but dream time in death
exercising like a jock
with a downer outlook
trying to make a difference
or just being a nuisance
Redux my Paradox in Flux
hobo man of the world
wonders why Britain’s being sold
running miles to nowhere
a natural couch potato
post my views of positive
return to sender in negative