"It's all now you see.
Yesterday won't be
over until tomorrow
and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago."
William Cuthbert Faulkner
" Time is concomitant with
the physical world
but can not be pointed to
as existing in a material way." - Dalai
"Like the clouds in the sky
which are brought
together or dispersed by the winds,
the passage of time brings about for
men the union or
separation of associates and happiness or sorrow."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
"Bedouins can sit for hours in the
feeling the ripples of time,
without being bored."
"Life is short and information endless:
nobody has time for everything."
- Aldous Huxley
culture has understood its genesis and history as one woven of threads both
divine and mundane to form a multidimensional mythology of creation, destruction and migration -
a drama organized in time. In Hindu cosmologies, world time is ordered into
yugas, the Mayans have their katuns, the Aztecs their many ages
and five "sun" periods. Among the Greeks, the poet Hesiod described
the ages of man as Golden,
Iron, the last our own."
not the steam engine,
key machine ofthe global industrial age."
- Lewis Mumford
"In Egypt, Mesopotamia, India,
China, and Central America, people began to number the years, e.g. from the
start of a dynasty, thereby introducing linearity to time and divorcing it from
the cycles of Nature.
The artificial division of the day into hours
(curiously, both the Babylonians and ancient Chinese used twelve) and the
Hebrew invention of seven-day weeks only deepened
this divorce, which has culminated in the replacement of circular clocks
with digital clocks, obliterating the last remaining link between measured time
and the cyclical processes of Nature.
The fundamental purpose of clocks
is not to measure time, it
is to coordinate human activity. Aside from that the need to
measure time is a fiction,
a pretense. Henry David Thoreau said,
"Time measures nothing but itself." Can you think of a machine that does not do
anything? A machine whose only function is to function, and to do so precisely
and unvaryingly? All machines are meant to do that, but this machine does only
It is the epitome of
regular, yet pointless
movement, of repetitive routine. The machine I speak of is, of course, a
clock. Think then of what a clockwork universe connotes. Think of what is
implied by the watchmaker conception of God.
The universe, and our own lives within it, ticks on and on, pointlessly - just
The ritual of smashing a clock represents a conceptual way
of freeing the pysche from the enslavement of time measurement by symbolically
refusing to sell one's time, a refusal to schedule one's life or
to bring it into conformity with the needs of
specialized mass society. Further, it represents a declaration that "I will
live my own life," establishing the
ascendancy of now.
Time is the best teacher; unfortunately, time
kills all its students. time is defined as:
a series of moments
a linear way to envision
of, relating to, or measuring passage of moments
of speed in which moments pass during a measured activity
separating two points on a temporal
a system by which event intervals are measured and
of a definite duration, as contrasted with
nonspatial continuum in which events occur in irreversible succession
appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth
of moments or interval necessary, available or designated for a given
the meter of a musical pattern;
the rate of speed at which a piece of music is
the duration of an event or the duration of an action performed by an
a series of moments considered as a
resource under your control and sufficient
to accomplish a task
counting intervals of moments as in :
minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries,
millennium, ages ...
measured interval period: in which a radio or television
program or advertisement is
broadcast; marked by similar events, conditions, or
phenomena over span of years
creating an era; existence in organic reality as
contrasted with an eternal
Events which occurred in the
events that have happened before
Events which are occurring as of the present moment
events that are happening
Events which will or may occur in the future
events that will or may happen sometime beyond
What is time?"What is time?
It is a secret - lacking in substance and yet almighty."
Thomas Mann, from
The Magic Mountain.
The flow of time is a
mystery as in the impossibility of
stepping into the same river
In ancient Greece time was generally conceived of as cyclical. The seasons cycle, life
cycles, the moon cycles -
an ebb and flow - forever repeating a pattern in
a cyclic nature.
Hesiod , an 8th century B.C. Greek historian,
described five ages of mankind, beginning with the golden age in a remote past,
where human beings lived in peace with each
other and in harmony with
nature, down to the miserable contemporary age of
Iron, characterized by
The concept of cyclical time reaches far beyond ancient
Greece. The Aztecs made use of a calendar carved in a huge circular stone, the
Sun Stone. Hindu tradition
conceptualizes time as circular.
The concept of time as linear is derived from Jewish
tradition and consists of an irreversible process with a unique beginning and a
unique end. Saint Augustine
argues strongly in favor of this linear concept of time in City of God.
The Christian idea of time as an irrevocable process condemn ancient Greek
cyclic time as a superstition.
in Four Quartets conceives of a
paradoxical timeless present, "the still point of the
turning world, " which has a Hindu
This eternal moment is
more obviously related to the great tradition of Christian mysticism.
Saint Augustine, in Confessions, asked
"What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobody asks
me; but if I am asked what it is and try to explain,
I am baffled."
Nietzsche stated that "all desire yearns for
philosophers of the
Enlightenment in the 18th century secularized
our concept of time in which time is generally conceived of as an endless process,
without beginning and
without end, a neutral course of
events, theoretically released from its old
connections with the planets and the seasons of the year, possible to cut up
into an infinite number of
past - present - future
Human beings think about the future.
Time is not an object
it is an abstraction.
If we can not create a mental image of an
abstract concept such as
time, then how do we think and reason about it?
When people reason
about something abstract,
they tend to imagine something concrete that the
abstract thing is like and
then reason about that instead.
For most of us, space is the concrete
thing that time is like.
time as though it were a spatial dimension, which is why we say that the past
is behind us and the future is in front of us and that
days pass us.
People think and
speak as though we were actually moving away from a yesterday that is located
over there and toward a tomorrow that is located 180 degrees about.
When we draw a time line, those of us who speak English put the past on
the left, those of us who speak Arabic put the past on the right, and those of
us who speak Mandarin put the past on the bottom.
Regardless of our
native tongue, we all put the past someplace - and the future someplace
our personal future
"To go forward you must leave everything behind,
and even though the past may seem to be persistent, lodged as it is in our very
bones, it is one thing to be bound up by the past, doomed to repeat it or to be
held back by it endlessly, and another to use it as a springboard for a journey
that goes beyond - to where, one can never know." - Norman FischerHuman minds are continuously
making predictions about the immediate local personal future subconsciously
without their owners' awareness.
Whatever you are thinking, your thoughts are surely about something
other than the word with which this sentence will end. As you hear these words
echoing through your mind your subconscious
is using the word it is reading right NOW and the words it read just before NOW
to make a reasonable guess about the identity of the word it will read next. A
mind raised on a steady diet of film noir and
cheap detective novels fully expects the word 'night' to follow the phrase 'It was a
dark and stormy ...'.
As long as your subconscious guess about the next
word turns out to be right, you cruise along happily, left to right, left to
right, turning black squiggles into ideas, scenes, characters, and concepts,
blissfully unaware that your mind is
predicting the future of the sentence at a fantastic rate.
It is only
when your subconscious makes a faulty prediction that you suddenly feel just so
Consider that brief moment of surprise. Surprise is an emotion
we feel when we encounter the unexpected. The surprise you felt at the end of
the last paragraph reveals that as you were reading the phrase it is only when
your subconscious predicts badly that you suddenly feel so ... so avocado.
Your subconscious simultaneously makes reasonable predictions about
what is likely to happen next.
Your subconscious predicted that sometime
in the next few milliseconds your eyes would come across a set of black
squiggles that encoded an English word that described an emotion reaction
rather than a fruit which woke you from your
dogmatic slumbers and revealed
the nature of your faulty subconscious expectations.
Surprise tells us that we were
expecting something other than what we got, even when
we didn't know we were expecting anything at all and
you found it hard to digest.
People experience illusions of
illusions of retrospection and
illusions of prospection (predicting the
One of the human mind's most
glorious and unique talents is its ability to look
backward and forward across great swathes of time - to examine its own history
and to imagine its own future, to engage in
mental time travel.
problem lies in the path of how we imagine our
future happiness. Our ability to simulate the future and to forecast our
happiness is seriously flawed, and people are rarely as happy or unhappy as
they expect to be.
errors may be more like optical
illusions than they are like illiteracy.
People engage in economic transactions in order to get things that they
believe will provide them with positive emotional experiences. So rational
economic behavior requires that we look into the future and figure out what
will provide those positive emotional experiences. As it turns out, people make
systematic cognitive errors when they do this, which is why their economic
decisions are so often sub-optimal.
that people make when they try to predict their emotional futures are quite
Specifically, people tend to overestimate the impact of
future events. That is, they predict that future events will have a more
intense and more enduring emotional impact than they actually do.
is called the impact bias.
Whatever impact these emotional events have,
it is demonstrably smaller and less enduring than the
impact the people who experienced them expected to have. People have a
tremendous talent for changing their
opinions of emotional events so that they can feel
better about the event and their reaction to the event.
Thinking is a remarkable tool that allows us to change
our opinions of the reality we experience in order to change our emotional
reactions to events that have occurred.
consciously experience the cognitive processes that are creating
new ways of thinking about an emotional event and we don't realize that they
will occur in the future.
One of the reasons
we think things contrary to our wishes, a tragedy that has befallen us for example, will
make us feel unhappy for a long time is that we don't realize that we have a
defensive system - a emotional immune hen
people predict how they're going to feel in the face of adversity, they
typically discount the ability of their emotional immune system which leads them
to expect more intense and enduring unhappiness than
they will actually experience.
So why do people so often mis-predict
their reactions to adversity or tragedy?
A mental image captures one moment of
a single emotional event. One's
happiness a year after the event is influenced by
much more than the emotional event itself. A lot happens in a year and although
these things aren't nearly as important to us as the
tragic in reality, there are a lot of them,
and together they have an impact that people tend not to consider.
we're trying to predict how happy we will be in a future that contains a
tragedy, we tend to focus on the
tragedy and forget about all the other events
that also populate that future - events that tend to dilute the emotional
impact of the tragedy.
is generally true we always run the risk of becoming
slaves to the focus of our attention -
the occurrence of the tragedy. We may become
emotional slaves to the
tragic event and actually attempt to fulfill
our expectations of unhappiness as we intensely focus
on the occurrence of the tragedy. When an
individual emotionally focused on a tragedy,
or any event that occurs contrary to our
wishes, we become clinically depressed. - adapted from Daniel
a millennium from NOW
In the beginning,
in a non-existent galaxy,
a trillion light years away,
there was Nothing.
then SOMETHING happened !
not quite sure
what it was as no one was there to see what it was ...
but you know how it
is Something Happens !
- anyhow to get back to telling tale tales -
molecules collapsed upon themselves under the immense gravitational
roaring hydrogen furnaces come into Being
modulations spinning away into the Void
twisting, turning spinning energy
and COLLIDE and COLLIDE and COLLIDE !
enough molecular weight to create LIFE collects
electromagnetic storms energize the Primordial Soup and SPARK LIFE !!!
eons pass ... but they do not pass in stasis ... changes occur
LIFE becomes more complex.
Eons pass again ...
LIFE becomes aware of itself
LIFE darn near jumps out of its skin when it recognizes
and LIFE becomes afraid of itself and tries to hide from its
conscious the fact that it is ALIVE .
looks around at THE GARDEN it finds itself in and says to itself "This Garden
and here we find ourselves living a life filled with
never ending wonder at the turn
of the millennial calendar around 3
millennium after the Western Calendar system was invented !
The first extant
account of the successive ages of mankind comes from the Greek poet Hesiod's
Works and Days. His list is:
Golden Age - The Golden Age is the only
age that falls within the rule of Cronus. Molded out of the earth through the hands
of Prometheus, these humans
were said to live among the gods, and freely mingled with them. Peace and
harmony prevailed during this age. Humans did not have to work to feed
themselves, for the earth provided food in abundance. They lived to a very
old age but with a youthful appearance and eventually died peacefully. Their
spirits live on as "guardians". Plato
in Cratylus recounts the golden race of men who came first. He clarifies that
Hesiod did not mean men literally made of gold, but good and noble. He
describes these men as daemons upon the earth. Since
(daimones) is derived from
(daemones, meaning knowing or wise), they are beneficent, preventing
ills, and guardians of mortals.
Silver Age - The Silver Age and every
age that follows fall within the rule of Cronus' successor and son,
Zeus created these humans out of
the ash tree. Men in the Silver age
lived for one hundred years under the dominion of their mothers. They lived
only a short time as grown adults, and spent that time in strife with one
another. During this Age men refused to worship the gods and
Zeus destroyed them for their
impiety. After death, humans of this age became "blessed spirits" of the
Bronze Age - Men of the Bronze Age were hardened and tough,
as war was their purpose and passion. Not only were their arms and tools forged
of bronze, but so were their very homes. The men of this Age were undone by
their own violent ways and left no named spirits; instead, they dwell in the
"dank house of Hades". This Age came to an end with the flood of Deucalion.
Heroic Age - The Heroic Age is the one age that does not correspond
with any metal. It is also the only age that improves upon the age it follows.
These humans were created from the bones of the earth (stones) through the
actions of Deucalion and Pyrrha. In this period men lived with noble demigods
and heroes. It was the heroes of this Age who fought at Thebes and Troy. This
race of humans died and went to Elysium.
Iron Age - Hesiod finds himself in
the Iron Age. During this age
humans live an existence of toil and misery. Children dishonor their parents,
brother fights with brother and the social contract between guest and host
(xenia) is forgotten. During
this age might makes right, and bad men use lies to be thought good. At the
height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing;
babies will be born with gray hair and the gods will have completely forsaken
humanity: "there will be no help against evil."
"The US is the only advanced economy in the world
that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation." Rebecca Ray and John
Schmitt, Center for Economic and Policy
ResearchBritain guarantees its workers 20
days compensated leave.
guarantees its workers 24 days
France guarantees its workers 30
days compensated leave.
1 out of
10 full time American workers get no paid vacation and 6 in 10 part time
American workers get no paid vacation.
The American worker with paid
vacation averaged just 12 days.
The average American male
worker worked 100 more hours in 2007 than he did in 1970.
American female worker worked 200 more hours in 2007 than she did in
The typical American worker sleeps one to two hours less per nignt
than his or her parents did.
"Very few individual workers in America can ask for
four weeks vacation. It is not only outside the benefits of their job but far
outside the culture on the workplace." - Ezra Klein
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