How many moments are there in a life? Every moment is an experience, set aside from other experiences by time, by how much attention we choose to pay it. Because of course, as Viktor Frankl so agonisingly accurately put it, paying attention to what is going on inside us is the one thing that we are free to do, no matter what is going on outside. And still, there is no then and now.

There is still a me, somewhere, staring up at a cooling tower, watching the steam rise into a grey, rain-sodden sky, while I absorbed the letter that I had just received letting me know that I had inherited a small fortune from…