Momentous Moments have Momentum

I have never noticed previously that ‘momentum’ is based on the word “moment”.

This must correspond to the idea that ‘momentum’ is a movement in time, only noticeable as a progression over a span of ‘moments’.

The word ‘momentous’ denotes an event so noteworty that the ‘moment’ in which it occurs stands out from all its neighbouring ‘moments’.

But perhaps these uses of the words ‘momentum’ and ‘momentous’ (to indicate movement and noteworthiness respectively) come out of a human language that conceives time as a linear succession of moments.  If this assumption were to be challenged, perhaps ‘momentousness’ could swell, burst its seed-jacket, and sprout into a greater field of time and space.  Perhaps ‘momentum’–like the Little Engine That Could chugging up the mountainside with all the children’s toys–would embrace the flight of  a whole flock of ‘moments’.

Jack said that, although a Graduate Thesis on the use of ‘Momentum’ in the TSK vision would be useful, he wasn’t expecting one.  Whew!   Close one.

About Michael Gray

I first started studying TSK in the mid 1980's and have since attended a number of retreats and workshops at the Nyingma Institute, in both TSK and Buddhist themes. I participated in the life-changing Human Development Training Program in 1991, and upon returning to Albuquerque co-founded an organization, Friends in Time (with a friend who has Lou Gehrig's Disease), which continues to serve people with similiar disabilities. I contributed an essay to "A New Way of Being"--the last one in the book--in which I describe how learning to honor who I have been has broadened and deepened my openness to present experience. I live in New Mexico with my wife and two sons.
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