Sunday, September 19, 2004
Freeze of the Mime
What is the relation of eternity and the moment?
Once upon a time there were two actors, who perhaps hardly reflected that a deeper significance might be found in their performance. They came on the stage, placed themselves opposite one another, and then began a pantomime representation of some passionate conflict. When the pantomimic play was in full swing, and the spectators were following the play with keen expectancy of what was to come after, the actors suddenly came to a stop and remained motionless, as though they were petrified in the pantomimic expression of the instant. This may produce a most comical effect, because the instant becomes accidentally commensurable with the eternal. The effect of sculpture is due to the fact that the eternal expression is expressed eternally; the comic effect, on the other hand, by the fact that the accidental expression was eternalized.
It is written that in an instant, the world will pass away...like a twinkling of an eye. The instant, it would seem, is commensurable with eternity, because the instant of destruction expresses at the same instant eternity.
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