"A world of evanescent impressions; a world without matter or spirit, neither objective nor subjective, a world without the ideal architecture of space; a world made of time, of the absolute uniform time of [Newton’s] Principia; a tireless labyrinth, a chaos, a dream.
"Once matter and spirit — which are continuities — are negated, once space too is negated, I do not know with what right we retain that continuity which is time. Outside each perception (real or conjectural) matter does not exist; outside each mental state spirit does not exist; neither does time exist outside the present moment.
"And yet, and yet… Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny … is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad.
Time is the substance
I am made of.
Time is a river which
sweeps me along
but I am the river;
it is a tiger which
but I am the tiger;
it is a fire which
but I am the fire.
The world, unfortunately, is real;
I, unfortunately, am Borges."
- Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)
"A New Refutation of Time," Labyrinths