Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Defining Time…And Our Time Together.

Have you noticed how broken apart our day to day existence as human beings has become? Everything, from the largest galaxy to the smallest quark has been isolated, named and remembered by one human or another. And then we put these named parts back together to form relationships. All these named parts seem to have a relationship with each other to some extent. Everything is connected is what religion, science, economics, politics, and commercials keep telling us. And we except this as fact because we experience it in our everyday lives. Even those we thought had no relationship, over time, end up having one we never expected. Whether symbiotic or resistant, everything seems to relate in one way or another. There is, in fact, nothing experienced that doesn’t have a name and a relationship to something else. It would take but a moment, right now, to see how true this statement really is for everyone, everywhere. Every child born onto this Earth is taught to name, identify and recognize objects around them and over time, objects within them. Not one child escapes this indoctrination. I’m not suggesting it is wrong, that would be silly, just that it is taking place, all the time, everywhere. And yet when you take a closer look you may begin to see more at play then just the natural laws of the universe working.

The first thing that comes to mind when ‘taking a look’ at this subject is the individual, you and me. You are at the center of your life, your experience, your circumstance, your thoughts, feelings, you name it, and you do always, there you are at the center of it. And I am at the center of mine. Again, in a somewhat different dimension, there is this separation, naming, recognizing, and bringing back together to form a relationship. And we take this to be natural, the way things are. So it should be obvious that the individual is intimately wrapped up in this phenomena we are speaking about. The next thing that comes to mind is thought. Now thought is more than you think it is, or at least I would like to suggest for the sake of our investigation, that it is more than you think it is.

Thought is the word, the naming, but also the recognition of the word, the image of the object named, the feeling, the physical sensation, the neuro-chemical functioning. The remembered word recognizes itself the next time it experiences the object the word was attached to in the first place. And even at this level you can begin to see the individual and thought begin to blur together, merge. Most would say that I, the individual recognize an object when I see it, but when you look closely you can see the naming of it playing a decisive role in the recalling of the memory and therefore the recognition of the object a split second later. And there, of course, is the third factor we bring into this investigation, time. It takes time to think, it takes time for the individual to change, to improve, time to compare oneself with another, time to measure one object against another. And so now, hopefully, through this rather tedious description, you can begin to see how these three are so interrelated as to maybe not be separate at all. And yet, to not separate these three would be revolutionary to the psyche of the one not separating them.