A Very Brief History of Eternity by Carlos Eire

By Carlos Eire

What is eternity? Is it something except a only summary idea, completely unrelated to our lives? an insignificant wish? A frightfully doubtful horizon? Or is it a walk in the park, shared through priest and scientist alike, and a vital aspect in all human relations?

In A Very short heritage of Eternity, Carlos ireland, the historian and nationwide publication Award-winning writer of Waiting for Snow in Havana, has written a super background of eternity in Western tradition. Tracing the assumption from precedent days to the current, ireland examines the increase and fall of 5 various conceptions of eternity, exploring how they built and the way they've got contributed to shaping person and collective self-understanding.

A booklet approximately lived ideals and their courting to social and political realities, A Very short heritage of Eternity is additionally approximately unbelief, and the tangled and sometimes rancorous relation among religion and cause. Its topic is the biggest topic of all, person who has taxed minds nice and small for hundreds of years, and may eternally be of human curiosity, intellectually, spiritually, and viscerally.

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You do not want to die. . This is what you de­ sire. ”13 Three and a half centuries ago, in the earliest days of the so-called scientific revolution, one of the brightest minds of that day, Blaise Pascal, burned and raged against the human predicament with icy logic. Ambushed by death at an early age, he left behind only formidable fragments of what would have been an even more formidable book on the human need for tran­ scendence. Many of these fragments touch on the absurdity and unfairness of our mortality.

Which approach will be taken? Which will not? What should the reader expect, or not expect? In other words, what this book is and what it is not needs to be made crystal-clear at the outset, for eternity is a subject that raises large expecta­ tions. Defining our scope and limits is an essential first step, and in order to do this, one has to establish not only what the book seeks to do, but also what it will definitely avoid. This is a survey of the major ways in which an abstract concept has played a role in the development of Western culture.

Sometimes, a hell of a dif­ ference. The fact that they are invisible and unquantifiable does not necessarily mean that they are inconsequential. Human behavior is all about the interaction of mind and environment, and it is not a simple one-way relation, in ei­ ther direction. Charles Taylor, who is a philosopher rather than a historian, has summed up this interdependence succinctly: What we see in human history is ranges of human practices which are both at once, that is, “material” practices carried out by human beings in space and time, and very often co­ ercively maintained, and at the same time, self-conceptions, modes of understanding.

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