Did We abolish Frost (1014)
Did We abolish Frost
The Summer would not cease —
If Seasons perish or prevail
Is optional with Us —
“Did We abolish Frost / The Summer would not cease” – well, duh. Get rid of the essence of winter, that ice-cold hardened covering of life, and what you have is perpetual summer, no?
Not necessarily. We don’t know Frost is the essence of winter. Maybe there will be snow, ice, cold tormenting all around us, if not actually afflicting us personally. And what season would replace winter (if winter were frost) anyway? It doesn’t have to be summer. Finally, the being of anything calls into mind opposition. Can summer be if there is no winter? Both seasons could be as vital to each other as hot is to cold.
It is curious that the more one wants to realize (about) a thing, the more one focuses on the predicates that describe it. Those predicates – not even nouns – become the true beings. We use them to categorize nothing less than reality itself (i.e. there is a true “hotness” of which other hot things partake). For a more detailed discussion, you’ll have to spend time with Plato’s Phaedo and Trilogy (Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman).
The Seasons seem to be climates of being. They do encompass us. I have a few friends that think we can “abolish Frost.” There are no mean, cynical things that need to be said about anyone. All natures can be found acceptable, none need be shunned (it won’t surprise you to know this group is single for the most part). I don’t think we choose Seasons. They emerge from something deeper, wider, within and without us. The “option” is that we have to enjoy or struggle through them. Our choices are limited. Properly, the Seasons perish or prevail.