--From "East Coker" You say I am repeating Something I have said before. I shall say it again, Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there, To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy. In order to arrive at what you do not know You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. In order to possess what you do not possess You must go by the way of dispossession. In order to arrive at what you are not You must go through the way in which you are not. And what you do not know is the only thing you know And what you own is what you do not own And where you are is where you are not.
This Daily Create asked me to, “Record a video of a process, and use your editing chops to reverse the clip. Add a narration that explains what is happening like it happened in that order.”
That isn’t exactly what I felt like doing, and when I asked myself why, T.S. Eliot’s poem The Four Quartets came to mind and the way time in that poem goes forward, moves back, repeats, and, in a way, constantly “unmakes” itself.
East Coker is a village near Somerset, England, where Eliot’s ancestors in 1669 left in search of religious freedom in America. He and his wife Valerie are both buried there.
Overall, the poem says that when humans follow only science and not the divine, both time and nature become unraveled or disordered.