Cosmic time, nature time, human time (Where am I?)
"Clocks MURDER time...time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
Art doesn’t flirt with death. To the contrary, it tries to exorcize it.
Art doesn’t try to rethink Time, to give it an essence of stasis, of non-movement: carpe diem dilates the present, memento mori vanifies the future.
The more the future becomes undefined, the easier it becomes to live the present.
Yet time goes well beyond the human time, and different shades in the definition of time emerge, in literature before science.
Three types of time become of relevance:
- Cosmic Time
- Nature Time
- Human Time
The Time of the Universe, or Cosmic Time, is the container within which all the other types of time take place, in a breath-taking spiral: un-defined, un-accessible, un-comprehensible.
Then there is the Time of Nature, with the rhythmic cadence of the seasons, circular and cyclical. The time of nature paints the great model for mankind – the eternal return, and a key axis of poetry.
The human time
UBI SUNT, where am I? Will ask the human being
Finally we find the Human Time. The straight line with a beginning and with an end. Within the Human Time three distinctions are due, as we find:
- The Time of Mankind, as distant as the concept of cosmic time, but straight and driven by the notion of ‘becoming’.
- We have then the Time of History, also governed by the laws of the 'becoming', also on a straight line, but impacted by death, the extinction of peoples and civilizations.
- Lastly, we find the Time of the Individuals, determined by death. In this dimension, 'becoming' is associated with sickness, elder age, death. To this time, existential, the initial formulas of Carpe Diem and Memento Mori relate to.
So the question of Ubi Sunt raises loud. Where am I within these schemes of time? Where on the straight line of my life? Where in history? Where in the universe?
To this, again, refers the existential, initial formulas of Carpe Diem and Memento Mori. Hic et Nunc. You are here. You are now.
Expand your present. Pour the wine.
Take your time.
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