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They want more moral tone in their solution to the problem of the justiﬁcation of punishment. Or, something might be said of the nature of time. Does it amount only to relations? To things being before other things, simultaneous with them, 23 THIS GREEN SUMMER and after them? If so, what of the facts of past, present, and future? Can it be that saying something is present is just saying it is simultaneous with the saying? And that saying something is past is saying it is before the saying? And that saying it is future is saying that it is after the saying?
Such, it seems, was the good fortune of my later acquaintance in another world, Bryan Magee, Member of Parliament and of the Garrick, veteran of broadcasting. Author not only of such diverse works as Go West Young Man, The Television Interviewer, To Live in Danger, Towards 2000 and Aspects of Wagner, but also of Confessions of a Philosopher. We learn from the latter work that each night as a boy of 5 he approached a thought about falling asleep that Wittgenstein himself had about dying, that by deﬁnition we cannot experience it.
His amicable discussions of religion with Mother continued, but in my time he never darkened a church door. He had for a time a postal relationship with the Church of Unity, presumably an institution not stiff with doctrine. He was, I suspect, following that line of personal religious development familiar in the English nineteenth century and indeed since. Its culmination, while having piety and eloquence in it, is small religious belief indeed. Conway Hall might have suited him for his ﬁnal inquiries.