Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A Frame in Time
We observe things with a sense of time? All living creatures and life on earth has a sense of time. Time is thus a frame of living and thus is framed by living things. The tree knows when to shed its leaves when the seasons change and its almost time for winter. Photographs capture a moment in time much like a hourglass. The sand in the hourglass travels through funnel to ascertain the passage of time but as part of the hourglass, does it not also embody all time. The sand only changes places but the hourglass has encompassed the sand which is the measurement of the time it takes to change places. What is the significance? Is all life on earth framed in time such as the sand in the hourglass. When the sand reaches the bottom, we determine the amount of time that may have passed but once it reaches the bottom, the measurement, which is the sand has no real value and only objective time that of the hourglass or the frame, remains. So is a photograph much like an hourglass because of it captures a moment in time. As soon as the light flashes and the camera shoots a picture of an object or material entity, that material entity is thus reflected in the photograph, as a moment in time. The object itself becomes a measurement of all time and thus, when we look at the Polaroid, we smile when we see the moment when the image was produced. We have a sort of living memory of such a time when we were young or happy and with friends. But now the friends are old, some of them have died, our hair is gray, and we no longer smile for the camera but we have this living memory of a former time that we ourselves are a measurement. So overall time seems to overrule our undermine the sense of measurement such as hours, minutes and seconds that we use to measure time. Our sense of time while a productive measurement is still fallacious as it relates to overall time. It is only our apprehension of time gone by such as night turning into day. How can frame time better? We see frames in time everywhere. The man walks down the street, the dog barks, the mother nurses its young, all of these frames of time. Obviously, we are also a product of time since the mother needs to nurse its young, and the man needs to walk down the street to the Post Office and the dog barks when it sees an intruder. Time is thus framed by our measurement. What does this mean for us? We often complain when were are behind the time. Othello says we must obey the time. Time is the enemy, some people say. "I don't have time", says the passerby when he is confronted by a peddler. Neither does the peddler have the time to peddle. If one is true, then we must consider both to be true. These are time dialectics. Frame by frame, we are measured and are measuring our time on this planet, under the watchful eye of an ultimate timekeeper. I go to school, then it's time for lunch, then it's time for recess, then it's finally time to return home. Some people have all the time in the world, others do not. But on the whole, our individual sense of time is moot. During the marathon, the person who crosses the finish line first at a record time, has accomplished a great feat. The last person to cross the same finish line has also crossed but as a measurement of time, came in last place. Could it be that the person who came in first and the person who came in last crossed the finish line at the same time and were simply misframed. It seems that we to need to better frame our time. Even light is a measurement of time. As a non-material entity, it travels at some 180,000 miles per second. It is thus a measurement and is measured by the distance it travels. Is it also a fallacious mode of time. The observer and object problem persists. Should there be light and no timekeeper, thus no light at all or no observational deck. A wrinkle in time means a ripple in time where light might persist if the observational deck is lost for only a few moments until the glimmer of light has faded completely and is lost in nothingness. This may be fallacious thinking since time is only a gatekeeper and the cause of light is also a value of time. When time ceases then all light and living things should cease, theoretically. Thus, I need to make better use of my time by framing it in a more productive way. I need to respect nature and be one with time, nature and respective time that we all share. But alas, something that you might be doing might seem a waste of time to me such as the peddler or the runner. I don't see why I should watch this race since it makes no difference who wins. I'll hear about it later in the news or a friend might tell how exciting the race was. Thus, we are all interconnected by such a measurement of time. "I don't want to hear it", I tell my friend who looks at me askance. He might think it is appropriate use of his time and mine to share such a story. But the differences persist. We must be able to frame time better. Art, literature, poetry are dignified applications of human time. So is time spent on our health and well-being such as running a marathon, exercising or other sporting events. The criminal who has misapplied his time to commit a criminal act is thus punished not only because he has committed a crime or a moral wrongdoing, but that he has misapplied time relatively. So while he is absconding with other people's money after a bank robbery, he is captured by police who detain him for his criminal act and thus, the police and the criminal and all the people all involved have been subjected to a moral wrongdoing as well as a misapplication of time, that no one wants to measure or be measured by. We'll get back to this problem soon.