I chose this picture because it shows a clock slowly disintegrating into the air. I saw this as the picture being representative of how time is connected with the rest of the world. It comes from the world, and as every second passes, it seemingly continues to die out. I gained this idea from Whitman's 'Time to Come', in which he states the following: "Then, when the oil of life is spent,/ Still shall the taper burn?" Whitman is asking about the length of the Soul of the World. How long will it last? How much is this world given? We all know earthly life leads to death, but what about the soul? Does the time recycle to be used again, or does it disintegrate, bringing us closer to the point where all life and the soul itself is forced to stop?
This video talks about how everything in the world, and every aspect of our lives has some sort of significance. They make us who we are and support life in their own ways. The video starts off with explaining how life might not exist if the simple cell "chose" not to replicate. Everything has a purpose, no matter how insignificant or unnecessary it seems. It is clear that Coelho also believes that everything in our lives is predetermined and purposeful as he states in 'To Think of Time': "The earth is not an echo- man and his life, and all the things of his life, are well consider'd." He also states a similar point in his poem from 'A Passage to India': "Lo, soul! seest thou not GOD's purpose from the first?"
I chose this article from BBC because it caused me to think of the ways that the earth could commit itself to death. Think, if the earth is limited on time, when its given time runs out, it will have no choice but to submit itself to its inevitable death. Whatever causes the earth to completely die out, is most likely somehow related to the realization brought upon by the following quote from Whitman's 'To Think of Time': "Slow-moving and black lines creep over the whole earth- they never cease- they are the/ burial lines," that realization being that the earth is slowly dying. One can consider the idea that the earth has a time limit and as the earth slowly dies, the time goes with it, marking the end of the planet. As for the Soul... who knows?
In the excerpt from 'A Passage to India', Whitman talks about the significance of fables, religions, legends, and dreams: "Not you alone, proud truths of the world,/ Nor you alone, ye facts of modern science,/ But myths and fables of eld, Asia's, Africa's fables,/.../Towers of fables immortal, fashion'd from mortal dreams!/ You too I welcome, and fully, the same as the rest!/ You too with joy I sing." After I read the passage, I found this illustrated cover by Moebius for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which just happened to say "A Fable About Following Your Dream". Perhaps Coelho and Whitman had the same idea about the importance of following old/ancient texts like fables, and listening to spiritual things like dreams to understand our world and ourselves today better.
In 'Time to Come', Whitman says: "No eye may see, no mind may grasp/ That mystery of fate." The first line struck me as a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:9 which says: "However as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' the things GOD has prepared for those who love HIM." As you can see, Whitman replaced 'the things GOD has prepared for those who love HIM' with 'that mystery of fate'. Why would Whitman choose to replace that part of the verse with the mystery of fate? It can be assumed that Whitman believed that the 'things' mentioned in the verse are and will continue to remain a 'mystery' to man, and since it is ordained by GOD, he sees it as fate- a reasonable assumption.