like smoke in a strong wind

Time has passed, flowed by, rolled on, blown away, and we pass with it – what am I saying? – like smoke in a strong wind. We ask ourselves what time might actually be, about which we say that everything glides and runs by with it – ask ourselves with a tenacious naïveté that borders on total ridiculousness, and then are taught by those thinkers who are so adroit in logical play that the question, when asked in such a banal form, is deceptive … [Zeno / Russell] … Answers exist to many questions about time, and sufficiently sharp and well-trained thinkers have tried to find them. But what they’ve come away with has little to do with our concerns.

Jean Améry, On Aging, 4

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