Sunday, May 24, 2015
De Brevitate Vitae -- A Sermon
Whether or not John Nash's mind was beautiful, it is too far beyond my mathematical ability to judge, but I'll take Hollywood's word for it -- and the Nobel committee's as well.
Nash and his wife were killed yesterday when the taxi they were riding in hit a guard rail on the Jersey Turnpike. They weren't wearing seat belts and were thrown from the car. Even the best and the most beautiful minds can be as foolish as anyone else and particularly when it comes to the assessment of risk.
I always wear them. I was in a multiple roll-over 50 years ago. I wasn't hurt. Who's the wisest of us all? But of course he was 16 years older than I and there will be time I tell myself. Time before I have to think of such things.
And time for all the works and days of hands.
That lift and drop a question on your plate.
One event happeneth to us all, as the Bible says. As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth to me; and why then was I then more wise?
I raced home yesterday afternoon, fleeing a thunderstorm on my motorcycle, passing cars like they were standing still, relishing the blast of wind on a 90 degree day. I'll shortly be driving my car south on the Turnpike where the traffic moves at 90. Fear isn't a factor. I love driving and on such a beautiful morning as this in my shiny automobile I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, but as the amazing J.L Gates said: Death may be your Santa Claus.
But there's time, I tell myself.
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
And how dieth the wise man?
As the fool.