δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης
I hope this title in Greek caught your attention. I want to talk about regret.
Lately, I have been listening to many people talking about things they should or shouldn’t have done. I often hear someone say: “This person is not me”, as if the person we are was somehow a static concept, something concrete and immutable. There is nothing static about the human race, we are movement, we evolute, we change. The choices we make, the paths we take, the people we meet on our way, those are all ingredients to make you the person you are, on the most dynamic sense of being.
Heraclitus (and this is where the title comes from):
δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης. (No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.)
Time is one dimension we cannot see, due to our limited nature. This is probably the cause or our greatest frustrations in life, we desperately try to measure time, but it is never enough, cause even though a moment can seem eternal, years flash by with the blink of an eye. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow’s yesterday. We are forever in between, and the only thing we can be certain of, is that everything you think you know is about to change.