Deeper Questions of Thyme

There are not too many other people thinking about the non-economic world. I think that once we have learned a behavior that we grok and enjoy, we hesitate to give up the advantage that our hard work earned from completing the task. We do not have to – in abundance, we will not require advantage and learning will be for joy, not competitive advantage. I learn a skill to add it to my toolbox, not to get ahead because there is no ahead or behind – we are all one and we are each one.

How we control ourselves is dictated by how we spend our time. We have a habit of watching the clock and setting schedules based on the time frame rather than the amount of time necessary to get the actual task done well. When I am in the middle of a task, I do not wish to have an alarm dictate to me the end of task. Nature has an ebb and a flow, time is used as an aggressive overlay.

Think back to high school. A nasty bell rings loudly and everyone goes into frenzied motion closing one thought pattern, then scrambling to the bathroom or the locker to change gears, then have a snippet of conversation before another bell rings and you sit silently for 45 minutes of boredom, hearing words from a drone. The speaker is repeating an already learned concept, so there is no thrill of discovery or insight behind the talk. Just get the prepared words out.

Learning does not have to be such that the word school strikes terror in most person’s minds. Adventures via games teaches new skills in a fun manner. Diving into a play-acted role, you use what you know to complete a task gets you to the point where you have to make decisions as a response to applied stimulus. Keeping on task to meet a time deadline does not have to be an option, if the game continues on in the next session. Each LARP game can be an experiment in social order, with a set of rules that defines the desired outcomes, repeated in different locales, with many themes.

Rules are guidelines, to be followed to enable the game to challenge the participants, yet also get the ideas that seeing the result is the goal of the game. The learning in ancillary because the focus is on doing, applied from personal perspectives. As a player gains expertise in a certain game, she can work out new unexpected ways of getting to the goal, based on intention and interest.

I enjoy the game called reading. Books fall into three major classes for me – fiction, non-fiction and new in concept. When I intend to create a new skill, I read the material much slower than when I intend to entertain myself. There comes a time in every book where the reader has to make a key decision – to abandon, to keep reading, or to burn through the rest of the book.

A page turning novel can draw me into the third category on page one, if the hook is set right. Other times I will read a series over a winter season, like my trifecta of readings of The Lord of the Rings, once every 15 years. Last winter I read the entire Harry Potter series.

Sometimes, I can read the same paragraph twice and get completely different understandings from the structure of the words. I tend to go back to standard texts for fundamentals. The snippets and abstracts that I read focus my depth level of reasoning. When a sentence does not seem to make sense in context, I stop and think and read it again. By the fourth time, I take off my glasses,close my eyes and come back fresh the next time.

The internet has changed the reading game for me in subtle ways. Screen brightness is a big factor – turning down the contrast helps when reading pdf files. I write these essays to be less than 1200 words – to create a product that can be read in 10 to 15 minutes that folks can think about. I survey a dozen different essay news sites for perspective of a variety of issues. I sometimes even read <gasp> main stream media that I don’t agree with, to see what they are saying. Looking through each author’s eyes complements my own vision.

I value reading enough to dedicate time to the task. I also watch videos to get interpretation of events and information that we need to vette in common, to ensure accuracy in our knowledge, information that we supposedly share in common. I wonder if that idea of common belief holds us encumbered to different time lines. Each of us on our own time without a common reference time could easily get out of sync.

Which may not be a bad idea. If we take our life at our own pace, and march to the beat of a different drum, then we still would have the same revolution of day and night as everyone else around us. Before clocks, people timed things by the position of the sun in the sky, the moon and the stars, the seasons of the calendar as segregated by solstice and equinox.

The rate of time passage seems to be a function of interest. The more highly focused on task, the quicker time seems to fly. On the other hand, waiting for an anticipated event can take forever.

I believe that time is a function of size. The less weight you carry, the faster your perception of the speed of time and the slower you perceive the rest of the motion in the world. If a cat weighs 1/20 of a human male, then maybe the cat has a time base of 3 seconds per minute perceived. One human second is 20 cat seconds.

So what takes a human scale minute to do takes 3 seconds on the kitty scale. Cats may experience a dozen days in the 24 hours of a human day. Each resting sleep reaches the REM stage, that creates a brand new kitty day upon resuming consciousness. A kitty staring into space might just be resetting an internal cat clock. A purr session becomes an energy transfer – a dissipation of ‘let’s get happy’ resonance. A 5 minute purr therapy might gain the cat life points, worth hours of kitty zen time. Do you suppose cats control the pace of their own lives?

The duration of an adventure allows the cast of characters to gain experience. As we get comfortable in a role, we gain power and influence through the setting of actions. We trust those we know to have character from a similar perspective. We do not need to feel stress when others see things differently. Perhaps we should feel joy over disagreement as we explore theories of time through alternative perspectives.

Namaste’ … doc

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