For as long as I can remember, I have felt that I was living in the wrong time of history. I don’t know whether my time was long ago or far in the future.
I am far more comfortable reading Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, or the Biblical books of John or the Koran, or the Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series of books, as compared to recent history, such as the works of Niall Ferguson, and by that I mean no slight to Dr. Ferguson and his exceptional works.
My frame of reference is not today. How can that be?
Beyond Déjà vu, I feel and think that I have lived through the present situation before and at the same time time will live it again. A humbling experience.
You may have experienced the feeling of being “in the zone.” Everything you do is right and effortless and fits the situation. You scored the basket. You closed the deal of a lifetime. The love of your life accepted your proposal. Your child was born and healthy.
What I am attempting to describe carries with it that same feeling of completeness, but I took no action nor felt compelled to take any action. I am watching.
“In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.” –Charles Mackay (1841)