The Ultimate Solution

I sat on the beach in Sanur, Bali today.  I was still nursing a bit of s stomach thing, but gotta get out and see the world.

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Everything was put into perspective.

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At first I thought about Stephen Dedalus, and his epiphany at the end of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, in which he sees the girl on the beach and decides then to leave the Catholic Church and pursue his life as an artist.

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But mostly I thought about time.  The ocean seems to erase time, or at least extend beyond our experience of it.  It brings human time and geological time together.  The infinite horizon suggests a time beyond our abilities to perceive.  The regular lapping of the waves are a like second hand, steady and predictable.    And it both intimidating and soothing.

It felt good to gather my bearings, but things into perspective.

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