Spontaneously, when this discussion arose, we said that it was probably the loss of a loved one. In this moment of great sadness, followed by a sometimes long and painful mourning, the importance of the deceased appears through the loss. We will not see him again, at least not in this life. It is an irreparable loss due to time!
And then, one thing leading to another, we have asked ourselves the same question in completely different contexts. Is the loss of one’s virtue reparable? What about honour, friendship, money… All of these seemed reparable to us. Restoring one’s virtue is possible with time. Restoring one’s honour is possible with time. Restoring one’s financial health is just as possible, as is making peace with friends with whom one may have been at odds for a while!
The word “time” has come to be the common denominator in our exchange of ideas for everything that could be considered irreparable. The most irreparable loss therefore seemed to us to be perhaps time. In fiction we can undoubtedly go back in time. It even seems according to certain astrophysical theories that “black holes” are tunnels that could lead to other times and other spaces. But the reality is that nothing and no one has ever been able to “fix” time. Could this be THE most irreparable loss?
Hard to say…
On the one hand, it is the time that gives us the experience to make beautiful encounters. On the other hand, it is time that allows us to give meaning to these encounters to know what we expect from life. Finally, it is time that allows us to hope that tomorrow we will make a dream life come true. Time is therefore not a loss, but a source of our awareness of having existed, of existing and wanting to exist. In this sense, time itself offers us the means to repair it… a paradox!
A very beautiful end of summer to all, and enjoy the time!