Who Needs Linear Time?

Ever had a rush to get out of bed, get washed, changed and to work on time? Ever been running late to meet a friend or partner? Ever shot to the bank in a hurry to pay in that cheque or money that keeps you from going over the limit? Ever dashed to the post box to get that letter sent in the last post of the day? Ever sped along at potentially catastrophic speeds in your car (there is a rally driver in all of us drivers!) to be where you need to be by a set time? Ever found yourself attempting a comically lopsided 100 metre sprint for the train or bus, clutching bags, handbags, briefcases and cups of steaming hot takeaway coffee that you unceremoniously scatter in jolting,  heavy sprinkling fashion through the apparently no spill, small steam vents in the plastic push on lid? Ever…? I could go on, quite possibly for the rest of my life, in the continual push to meet the next deadline, be at the next event, to get to where I need to be, to do what I have to do, and most importantly of all to do it by the time it needs to be done, before it’s too late, so I don’t let people down, so I keep my job!

Well, I think we can all relate to at least a large proportion of that! The common thread is that just about everything we humans do has a time on it. The way we live and the things we do are determined by doing things at set times and within set times. Of course, this system works, the man made construct of time gives us all perfect markers to plot our activities by, to synchronize with others and indeed to happily exist in the framework of organised society.

Now, I ask, use your imagination and consider, in fact, fully explore and visualise an existence where instead of conforming fully to the man made structure of time, you exist in a world where the parameters of time have been removed, there is no framework, no pre designed structure or agreements to have specific tasks completed by set times,  no compulsion whatsoever to look at a clock or watch and map your hours, days, months and years by it, to go about the activities of your life entirely free from man made time deadlines.

The result, surely: chaos?

To flick a switch and ignore the construct of time, right now, would indeed spell chaos for the framework of society that the vast majority of the populous exist in. However, if such a radical notion were taken on board, what would be the result? Where previously  pre set and pre determined guide lines and deadlines dictated activity, now, necessity would dictate activity. So, whatever was the most important or immediate need would be the thing that was acted on first. As priority changed, activity would immediately change to suit. An order of what was considered important would naturally develop, a system such as this would have the flexibility to cater for all the subtle complexities of a human being. The health, mood and energy level of an individual would benefit greatly from having the flexibility to plan ones own activities in such as way as to be in harmony with ones natural rhythms. On a high energy day, one may choose to throw themselves into their work and achieve twice the amount normal. On a low energy day, one may decide to seek rest or inspiration, not slave to a rigid set of times and deadlines, this would be possible. Allowing this type of freedom ultimately would benefit the whole well-being of an individual, leading to good health, vitality, positive mood and increased productivity. The difference of a person contributing to an effort of their free will when they are best placed to do so, compared to one contributing to an effort imposed upon them by rigid structure that may not suit their individual human needs cannot be underestimated.

So, I’m talking about “flexi time” right? That is definitely a positive step. Working and living to the clock is necessary, it is, like most things, a balance that I believe needs to be struck, an outlook, honesty and change in mindset that doesn’t assume conforming to rigid structure and meeting deadlines is the be all and end all of living a successful human life. Are we not after-all beings of wondrous complexity with thoughts, emotions, intuitions, fluctuating degrees of vitality and energy that shift, change and grow every day? If we acknowledge this, then, in concept alone it seems absurd that such a free and changeable being could ever find harmony tied to a structure or framework that demands consistent effort within pre set times, without any flexibility corresponding to the needs and overall physical, emotional and energetic variations of the individual. Isn’t it the job of a computer or robot to satisfy set tasks within set times to produce set results? A robot would be better suited as it does not possess the magical ability and changeability of a human.

The shift in outlook not to be governed by linear time, is to say that, yes, linear time is a tool to be used, but, that before the inevitable time deadlines that are placed on everything are regarded as unmissable targets that life fits around. It is these time deadlines that should fit around life. A life where activity is based on how an individual feels at any given moment, how right or wrong something is morally and what ones intuition tells us, if we can all begin to change our lives to live from this perspective, a harmony begins to develop. Instead of grinding against the rigid markers laid down in linear time, we can set the markers, move the markers or take them away completely as and when our mind, body and soul show us what is most beneficial for overall well-being.

It is far from the reality of the majority at this point in history but the true freedom of the physical existence is achievable when the world around us becomes something we work in harmony with and are not bound by. Linear time is a tool for us to use, our left brain (the logical brain) needs this construct. Our right brain (the domain of boundary- less potential) is not tied to the construct of time. It is to our benefit that we acknowledge and honour both aspects of our brains and do not curb our unlimited potential and wellbeing by being a slave to any form of structure that we allow to control us. We define the  ever changing guidelines, the guidelines must never define us.

 

Comment (1)

  1. Cheers! It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:55 am #