2 Short Texts

COMMON  TIME

People often observe that each year of life
seems to pass more quickly than the last.
This appears to be a consequence of the fact
that each passing year becomes an increasingly
smaller fraction of a person’s lifetime.

For example, for a one-year old infant,
a period of a year represents an entire lifetime,
while, for a person 80-years old, the same
period of a year occurs as a mere fraction,
or one-eightieth, of ones’ lifetime.

With each succeeding year of life,
the period of a year represents
a constantly decreasing portion
of one’s lifetime, creating the
perception that life itself
is speeding-up.

 

NOW  AND  WHEN

It’s time.

What time is it?

She said: ‘it feels like midnight, psychological time.’

He said:  ‘it is 4.7 billion years, geological time.’

She said: ‘a three-quarter moon, lunar time.’

He waited, then said: ‘the technological age, historical time.’

She said, with longing: ‘soon enough, social time.’

He remembered: ‘it may be 30,000 years after the birth of modern civilization, evolutionary time.’

She paced herself, saying: ‘perhaps it is current standard time.’

He said, ‘you mean based on Coordinated Universal Time as opposed to a national uniform time, referred to in International Legal Time, and determined by measuring the distance east or west of Greenwich, England.’

She considered his remark before saying: ‘it could be that we are at the beginning of a new cycle of development, biological time.’

He shifted position, then said: ‘we may not know for a million light-years, astronomical time, or even for the amount of time it takes light to reach the Earth from the optical limit of the universe.’

She reflected, ‘It may have happened already.’

He experienced a delayed reaction: ‘it is something we may only be able to observe experimentally within a billionth of a second, atomic time.’

She said, ‘It may begin today or tonight, Earth time, or when lightning strikes a dry forest, geophysical time.’

He said, ‘or at least before the next 26 million-year mass extinction cycle, geospheric time. Or perhaps after the next ice age.’

She anticipated his last remark, saying: ‘it’s late, cultural time.’

He timed it perfectly. ‘Let’s synchronize.’

She said, ‘when?’

He said, ‘Now.’

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