Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Like a water flea

I heard that in Chinese medicine the belief is that people are born with a certain number of heartbeats in a lifetime. So energy is not made, but spent. Here is a nice quote bringing that idea into modern day. 

"The wish to live as intensely as possible has subjected humans to the same dilemma as the water flea, which lives 108 days at 8 degrees Centigrade, but only twenty-six days at 28 degrees, when its heart beats 15 million times in all. Technology has been a rapid heartbeat, compressing housework, travel, entertainment, squeezing more and more into the allotted span. Nobody expected that it would create the feeling that life moves too fast." - Theodore Zeldin