All material cited below. Special thanks goes out to the following translators: Polish - YouTube user agornypolsl (Adam Górny) Lithuanian - YouTube user ezzi...

Comment by Morgan Matthew on August 21, 2013 at 1:41pm

Very moving piece.

Comment by Jason on August 22, 2013 at 8:40am

How soon is now?

Comment by Mike 2000 on August 27, 2013 at 10:55am

Now is instantaneous for premium users!  Sign up now for the very low one-time cost of YOUR SOUL BUHUHUHU!!!

Comment by RobertPiano on August 27, 2013 at 7:14pm

It really is an inspirational take on carpe diem.

Comment by H3xx on August 28, 2013 at 12:01am

@RobertPiano

Thank you so much for using the Latin phrase, and not the idiotic "Y-word that shall not be used"

Comment by Ethan T. H. on August 28, 2013 at 9:53am

 

All right... well, I thought it was a little thin.  Sure, "the instant of now" is how we experience life in what we perceive as "real time," and coming to terms with the past and planning for the future are done in the "now," but how is this a deep insight?   That's the only way I've ever known it to appear. 

I agree with the part about value, but the problem is that we value different things, and I believe that whatever one delves into deeply can be rewarding (think stamp collecting).  I do think some philosophical thought and some aesthetic appreciation and some moral thinking are on a higher order than others, just as I feel a Chateau Margaux is objectively better than Thunderbird and not just a matter of opinion--though the wine comparison would be harder case to make using the tools of a philosopher.  I think this can also transfer to the idea that having lived both a "good" and a "right" life is better than having lived one misspent--regardless of whether or not the entire universe extinguishes one day without a trace of what ever happened.  G. E. Moore tries to tease this out with his idea of "reflective isolation" that I found pretty thought provoking.

So, to cap it, I agree with Sam that it's good to think about what's really important and live your life accordingly so you don't rue a bunch of stuff later, but I still thought the way it was presented was a little thin.

Comment by Ed on August 28, 2013 at 3:39pm

Would anyone entertain the notion that a life devoid of the internet and television could possibly be a step in the right direction? I sometimes think that many live their life out vicariously through the confines of a dot-matrix projector. How unfortunate.

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on August 29, 2013 at 3:35am

Sam "New Age" Harris...the next Dan Millman.

While I enjoyed his first book, his latest stuff has been getting a little too touchy-feely for me, I think he may have spent too much time meditating in a cave.

Comment by A. T. Heist on September 11, 2013 at 10:39am

That was really well done.

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