This Golden Age

Gil tells Adriana in ‘Midnight in Paris’, when they travelled back in time to an era of Paris (Belle Epoque) more appealing to her, ‘Adriana, if you stay here, though, and this becomes your present, then pretty soon you’ll start imagining another time was really your, you know, was really the golden time. Yeah, that’s what the present is. It’s a little unsatisfying because life’s a little unsatisfying.’

Every golden age assumed in the past, even when abided in out of attachment eventually loses its glow, so long as we fail to live fully in the present, to appreciate here and now for what it is worth. In this sense, the golden age is never in the glorious past or splendid future, but always this moment, even if it seems bleak due to our delusions, which perpetuate our dissatisfactions (dukkha).

That said, this present moment lived well guarantees a future even more aglow, even more golden. For example, the Pure Land practice, when practised well, leads to birth in the land bathed in the golden light of Amituofo. The ultimate golden age that lasts for immeasurable time! Gil also remarked, ‘The past is not dead! Actually, it’s not even past.’ Indeed, that is the case for the attached. Without moving forward, the golden time will never become the now.