Giuseppe Francavilla: Tempus fugit (Time Flies)


Tempus fugit by Giuseppe Francavilla

As I walked along a narrow street in the center of Rome (walking for no particular reason but taking advantage of the possibility given by the government to be able to do so based on the daily trend of the epidemic) I noticed this small and narrow entrance of a watchmaker. The clock above the entrance and the shop window full of hands and ticking instead of measuring time gave me the feeling as if it had stopped.

So I stopped for a moment to reflect on precisely this: the convention of time and the sense of time itself. What if our heartbeat wasn’t enough to measure the minutes that pass? The phrase is also present in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and is also the title of a Yes song. Tempus fugit is also a philosophy of life comparable to Carpe diem, according to which it is not necessary to make forecasts for a very long time but at the most, to undertake short-term commitments also to make them better because, in fact, time “runs irreparable” by not allowing us to resolve things already done, then live life as a set of possible last days; on this subject, however, there are those who stand out.

For this reason, I believe, we should never lose any moment of our life to try to do something good, for ourselves and for the world around us, which, moreover, proves to be so even if seen in the past and, even more so, if pushed into the future. And it is not so much a question of carpe diem, but of awareness that today you can do something interesting, maybe tomorrow something else, the day after tomorrow a different anchor and so on. That is, at least it is useful not to do something harmful, for ourselves and for what we have around us.

Because time runs away, in fact, and the more one grows with age the more it seems to accelerate and run forward: almost without realizing it, one then finds oneself at an advanced age with the sudden awareness of not having done what good could be done, and to have wasted one’s life in completely futile, empty, useless, if not deplorable or deleterious things. Better to be aware of it first, and to acquire this awareness a minimum, a minimum, of intellectual activity is enough. Much less than what is often needed to waste one’s time in various and assorted nonsense, I am sure.






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