I think that what we don't take into account when we're young is our endless curiousity. thats what so great about being human

"Two women are stiting at a table talking:

1st woman: Time just dissovles with these quick moving particles that are swirling away. Either I'm moving fast, or time is, but never both simultaneously.
2nd woman: Such a strange paradox. I mean, well techinically, I'm closer to the end of my life than I've ever been. I actually feel, more than ever, that I have all the time in the world. When I was younger, there was a desperation, a desire for certainty, like thre was an end to the path and I had to get there.
1st woman: I know what you mean, because I can remember thinking, oh someday, like in my mid-thirties maybe, everything is going to just somehow gel and settle, just end. It was like there was this plateau, and it was just waiting for me and I was climbing up it. When I got to the top, all growth and change would just stop, even exhileration. But, that hasn't happened like that, thank goodness. I think that what we don't take into account when we're young is our endless curiosity. That's what's so great about being human.
2nd woman: Yeah... Well, do you know that thing Benedict Anderson says about identity?
1st woman: No.
2nd woman:Well, he's talking about like, say, a baby picture. So, you pick up this picture of this two-dimensional image and you say, 'that's me'. Well, to connect this baby in this weird little image with yourself living and breathing in the present, you have to make up a story like, 'This was mewhen I was a year old, and then later I had long hair, and then we moved to Riverdale, and now here I am.' So, it takes a story that's actually a fiction to make you and the baby in the picture identical...to create your identity.
1st woman: And the funny things is, our cells are completely regenerating every seven years. We've already become completely different people several times over, and yet, we always remain quintessentially ourselves."

Waking Life


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