Saturday, November 6, 2010

Think About Time

Who isn't excited that we "gain" an extra hour tonight (even though we'll lose it again in the Spring)? An extra hour of sleep, yes? Or, an extra hour to stay up? Whichever.

It's actually not very hard to get anyone thinking about time. If, like me, you've long been shackled into the North American mindset of rushing around, you know what I mean and are used to hearing or uttering phrases such as, "I don't have time!", "Don't waste time.", "Where has the time gone?", or "Hurry up, I don't have all day."

So, what I would like to get you thinking about is this: Why do we think of time so often? Why do we make so many references to it? Why do we get impatient with people who are walking or moving too slow? On the other hand, why (and how) are some cultures so relaxed about time? Why can't we practice those same mindsets? What is it about time that keeps us so enslaved to it?

Thoughts? Please post your comments!

1 comment:

  1. time is an interesting premise, if you believe in it, you're lucky, cuz it seems like our species is made of the stuff... I often think if intelligence evolved in darkness, with no sunrises/sets/movement of sky objects, would the intelligent species be so time focused? The only answer, if any, would have to be yes. Because we cannot imagine a universe without time, because we cannot fully conceptualize what time is in the first place.

    I'm going to go read Flatland now