Tuesday, September 19, 2006

the march of the clocks must be stopped

How one perceives and experiences the passage of time is the fundamental phenomenon that determines how fast, or slow, ones life goes by, which is intimately connected to whether that time is or is not of quality. With the rise of civilization, that perception has been completely altered. While we can never really know how Paleolithic peoples experienced things, I don’t think that is completely necessary to understanding change wrought to our perception of time by civilization. One need only be able to distinguish between what is natural; that is, what is not the creation of civilization, and what is artificial; that is, what is created by civilization. As I have said before, the actual order of things underneath all of civilizations delusions, is of cycles within cycles within cycles, etc. that is circles, which are anarchies, not hierarchies which are triangles. Our current ideas past and future are a twisted bastardization of these circles which, I believe, was enabled through a steadily expanding degradation of the present moment, that in turn was fundamentally enabled by, and the result of, a apparent widening separation from natural cycles and our dependence on these cycles day to day. But the drastic change from the eternal present of hunter-gatherer perception bound in all the cycles of natural existence (as is my current understanding) to the hegemonized, measured, mechanized, and then subsequently internalized, bought and sold by humans perception of time did not happen overnight, but was a process that expanded right along with the pace of civilizations expansion. While I am sure there is more to this process than what I know and will describe, these are the factors that are most easy to spot and thus subvert. With the adoption of agriculture, the cycles of planting and harvesting of the staple crops come to determine the perception of time among agricultural settled societies. Though this is still a cycle and thus circular, it is disconnected from the natural cycles of the ecology in which they reside and is instead connected to the cycles of a few, most likely non-native, domesticated plants. Thus in many agricultural societies we see measurements of time still based on the natural cycles of the day, the month (origin: moon-th), and the seasons of the year, but the regional differences in ecology being plowed over by the relatively uniform cycles of domestic plants. Thus enter standardization. These cycles in turn became broken up by the expanding of the use of number and measurement. Eventually, this lead to the creation for the ultimate domination of time: The Clock. Make no mistake, this process from the get go was about the quest for the ultimate control over people by the ruling class and/or the ruling religion/ideology. Because by standardizing time, the party who does this takes away from their followers and/or slaves the ability to have their subjective experience of time inform what they do with that time, or even the acknowledgement that that subjective experience exists as the defining factor. This allows the subjugation of those lives to happen on a scale, and with a depth, that was hitherto impossible. The Roman ruler who first imposed Christianity on the empire did so in a large part through the standardization of time through the creation of on of the first instances of the arbitrary blocking of time in the creation of the week. Which itself was stolen earlier Mesopotamian civilization. The first clocks where then erected to facilitate this program (or was it the other way around?) were bells in Christian monasteries that marked the week and the call to church for large masses of people. When the technological complexity of this machine was increased with the invention of the mechanical clock, the first ones where installed in churches. The mechanical clock paved the way for the planned mass standardization of production called “progress” and industrialization. All that follows would not have been possible without the clock. The clock is the foundation of modern industrial civilizations domination over the time that makes up our lives; therefore, I think it should be subverted individually, socially, and totally. The relationship between the subjective nature of ones (animal) experience of time, and that of the hegemonized machine time of clocks and the technological and economic structures that rest upon them are inherently antithetical. This is a war that takes a toll on all of us. For it is the fault of the clock and our obedience to it that we stress over being late to someplace or the creation of these week based schedules in the first place! Problems of having to “save time” or be able to “buy enough time” is at base a problem of time being scientifically measured and broken down into pieces, which are then bought and sold as units of economic value. Liberate your perception of time, for it is nothing more than our very lives that are being broken down and sold. This war is a front in the war that is all wars; the Primal War. So one is not only able to choose which side one is on the individual level, but can also choose to go on the attack on the social level. Remember Y2K? How I wish it had been for real! But could it be artificially created? Someday the clocks will stop…


Blogger sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i started reading your posts and stuff and they are very interesting and i think i am going to go outside and find a cattail and....eat it?

and someday i will read the rest of your blog... when i am not feeling incredibly lazy!

your favoritest cousin,

8:39 AM  
Anonymous wildandfreehumyn said...

Ever read "In the Spirit of the Earth : Rethinking History and Time" (or something like that) by Calvin Luther Martin? He was a Rutgers historian who came to question the whole concept(s).

11:11 AM  
Blogger Black and Green Bulletin said...

to first post: i like where youre going with that, do you want to post a more comprehensive esssay of that here, i would post it if you wanted (primalwarnow@riseup.net)

2nd: hey lydia, glad you like my stuff.

3rd: i would like to read that book indeed, can you give me more info on it?

6:06 AM  

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