Mayflies and other ephemera

There are certain moments in life that we wish would go on forever. We wish time would just cease to flow and things would remain the way they are. Or at least we wish we could capture that moment and preserve it, unlike photographs that may later fade or video impressions that soon dull and develop scratches. No, we wish to preserve every bit of color, every bit of emotion, every detail of that point in time.

Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, while visiting a museum, felt exactly that way, “Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and leave them alone.”

But time continues to fly and the next thing you know, dinosaurs are already extinct and man has made the first landing on the moon. Like a mad dervish, everything disappears into the dizzying dance of time.


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