Every living thing on this planet is losing something of itself as the result of an incalcuble number of daily influences.
For the nations the most commonly used word is assimilation, for the fourlegs and winged ones it is the loss of habitat, for people in general it is a sensory overload, a lack of well being and harmony in their personal environment – ever changing fads which lead to changing values, and the importance attached to “time” equals an unnecessary pressure.
In addition the toll being extracted from the onset of global warming and decades of being subjected to increasing amounts of toxins in the environment has yet to be fully calculated.
With all the “time saving” devices available one would think there would be a comparable increase in leisure time, less stress, and a general sense of well being – but that is far from the truth.
People are increasingly stressed and controlled by the clock, often saying they don’t have the time to do something or they will have to make time and find there aren’t enough hours in the day to attend to all things.
Kind of makes you wonder about all the modern conveniences doesn’t it? All the time saving devices?
Expressways so we can get there faster, speed dialing to connect quickly, “quickie marts”, express lanes at the store which seldom are, instant rice, oatmeal, and even mashed potatoes.
Kind of makes me wonder if powdered instant milk is meant to be a time saving device for cows ? They’ve got all that browsing and grazing to do which I imagine is time consuming in it’s own right.
An emphasis on speed that bolsters the idea there aren’t enough hours in the day. An emphasis that often as not impacts the quality of life and production.
Strikes me that a part of the problem is where once people owned what they possessed possessions now own them.
The bank owns them, the credit card companies own them, the doctor, the dentist, the utility company.
Owe a one of them and they can literally take what you have, a modern version of indentured servitude.
A major culprit is credit, the ability to spend beyond ones immediate means and in affect mortgage time attempting to pay for what’s been purchased.
I haven’t a single credit card, don’t want one-when making a purchase an assumption seems to be made that I do and will it be “debit or credit”. When I inform the cashier it will be cash, I don’t do credit, they take a second look and act as though I’m either from Mars or just one of those raggedy ass ndns who probably can’t get credit – that’s okay though as whatever I may have I own….and they’re probably right anyway.
Wouldn’t surprise me if sometime in the relatively near future money becomes a thing of the past – you know, the convenience and time saving of swiping a card or that autopay thing?
John Prine sings a song entitled “It’s a Big Old Goofy World”, I’d say it’s getting goofier by the moment.
Without naming names or revealing the contents of email I have a friend, a budding author, we’ve covered a lot of ground bantering a variety of topics around, alternately sharing common opinions or assuming the role of devils advocate.
I have more or less been recruited as a “beta reader”, which seems like a real leap of faith considering my lack of education and complete absence of any knowledge related to editing and publishing.
Recently the concept of time arose and resulted in my thinking about this thing we call time. Below an excerpt from one such conversation, a response I made related to solar time.
“I think many ancient cultures from the Druids to the Maya, Aztec, and the nations as a whole have seen a time keeping in the solar system. The very fact that seasons exists is a sign of that.
I don’t believe they were as obsessed as modern cultures are with keeping time even down to the minute and second, nor as driven by it.
This sort of time keeping though it has many applications also in my opinion has a hint of OCD in it.
Like planting and harvesting – we have no interest in the hour or minute, only time as it manifests seasonally and it affects growth and ripening.
Conception and birth – neither plotted down to the minute, only the planting and the harvest, knowing both occur in the time of the body – one the host, the other the harvest.
The emphasis on time has arisen in part to the amount we have as living entities – life is short they say, and so we attempt to “live” this “short” period of time to the fullest our ability – often enough selfishly.
There is a natural order to life, a natural time spanning birth and death, whether we consider the interval between the two as being too short it is nonetheless a framework to live within, time enough exists to do the things we will and should do, a matter of choice whether we do or not.”
After sending the above I began for some reason thinking of the Jivaro, a South American tribe who believe what others consider to be the waking experience to be a dream, and the dream state reality – how that translates to their concept of time.