At some point most of us conclude we live in a uniquely odd time, a changing time, a new time, etc. The awareness of our place in time is generally a good thing. Once we are part of this world we cannot stop until we are either in the ground or our ashes are in the wind. Since we cannot stop moving in time, how we move is the challenge.
Some people spend hours playing “Angry Birds” but are impatient when a website page loads in a second or two rather than in a fraction of a second. Other play countless hours (even days and months) with “Rock Band” games learning how to play a stringless guitar. The idea of learning to play an actual guitar involves a time commitment many are unable to make. The need for instant satisfaction overtakes our ability to have patience. Now consider our powers of observation. We will watch hours of television re-runs and mindless reality shows like the “Kardashians”. But if we are ever inside a museum, our average time looking at a single work of art is generally less than a minute.
Imagine what could be seen if we looked at the world before us in two stages. First, we look at it from an objective point of view. We notice color, shape, weight, words, and objects without interpreting. After gathering just the facts, we move into the subjective arena. How do we respond to what we see? It’s simple to respond “I like it” or “I don’t like it.” But with the facts in mind, how do we now see what is before us? There is an opportunity waiting for those who do not jump to conclusions.
It takes discipline to slow down and look. I wonder how many people who read blogs go beyond the first couple of sentences? How many read the entire first paragraph? Will anyone who reads this blog entry actually reach this sentence? I assume most who stumble upon my StickyPhilosopher blog will have stopped reading it several paragraphs earlier. The flip side is why should anyone read anything by individuals who are not thought of as “famous” or published? All this stuff becomes part of our collective state of mind.
We chose to be inundated by multiple information sources. Then we generally respond in fragmented ways which leaves most of the benefits of the various sources behind. The challenge is to be aware that no two days are alike…there is always something needing to be noticed.
By hurrying up we don’t have to think as much. We actually prefer to rush around on the surface. Sometimes that is all we need… I’ll admit there are times I want nothing more than watch episodes of The Three Stooges.
And for those who actually made it to this final sentence, here is a poem I wrote about time: Time Trials