lost in time

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Submitted: December 27, 2017

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Lost in Time

A replicant sits across his hunter under the rain. Having fled from other planet as a slave labor to human, he is now being hunted on earth. His look, intelligence, and emotion are very identical to human. His attempt to extend his lifespan has now failed. Just before his four-year life ends in minutes, he stares sharply at his hunter.

“I’ve seen things people wouldn’t believe.”
The replicant said with a taste of mortality.

“Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of the Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate.”

With rain drops dripping from his face, he continued,
“All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain”.
Time to die”

He concludes, and there he expires.

The hunter, who watches the replicant died, does not know how the attack of the ships off the shoulder of the Orion look like. Nor does he understand the grandeur of the C-beams in the dark near a place called Tannhauser Gate. But he knows one thing, that the replicant saw these as greater-than-life experiences. They are too precious to be lost. Memories that only he possesses and keeps.

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain”. A profound statement it is. Behind it, lies a deeper question about the meaning of all the things that men do in their lives. Why do they matter if they will be lost in time? What is even the meaning?

As enigmatic as it sounds, a king who lived 2,900 years ago asked the same question. In the midst of his height, wealth and power over a huge kingdom, with all the riches of gold and silver he silently asked,
“What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?”

In what seems to be like an allegory to what the replicant said about losing in time, the king further wrote,
“There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.”

From pre-modern to current era where technologies are now so well developed, the same question remains. It still haunts. Not only the answer to that question itself a mystery, but the fact that men can ask such question is a mystery of its own. How are men even capable of thinking so?

In his ultimate search for a meaning and purpose, in wonderful poetic words with elements of agony and desperation, the king wrote,

“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is is meaningless!
What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
… What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

The king searched for answers. His lifespan was definitely much longer than the replicant. With all the time that he had to think, he eventually said,

“Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.”

The man was so desperate for an answer despite his greatness and glory. Though separated 2,900 years, the replicant’s and the king’s minds are interwoven. The searches for meaning are commonly grounded. There must be a meaning to all of these. But who are we to even think that we can figure this out from ourselves? Thousands of thinkers have previously done so in the past, but the three thousand-year old question still lingers until nowIf men’s efforts to search for meaning have failed, perhaps it’s because men should not see themselves as the starting point. Perhaps men should start from somewhere else. The king knew it, as he wrote,

“...then I saw all that God has done. No one comprehends what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning.”

The king knew that without God as a reference point, an ultimate meaning cannot be discovered. The created cannot find its own purpose unless he looks upon the creator. Without which, the exploration for a purpose can only reach as far as “why” but not “what”.


28 Dec 2017

The story of the replicant is from the Blade Runner movie (1982).
The book that the king wrote is called Ecclesiastes. It is one of the books in the Bible.




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