Our culture has one way of thinking about time, so we could call it ordinary time. We could also call it secular time, mechanical time, material time or dead time. Elsewhere, I’ve called it “zombie time” and for good reason.
Whatever you call it, it has the following characteristics:
- It is homogeneous — a minute is a minute; one hour is the same as every other hour.
- It is sequential — minutes, hours, days and years occur one after the other.
- structured by progress — we are, things are, improving, evolving, getting better as time passes.
- It has been emptied of the transcendent — there is nothing supernatural in our conception of time.