Tag: Time


The Modern Malaise


Do you ever feel that life is a little flat? If you do, you are not alone according to Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor.  He calls it "the modern malaise." Taylor says that the experience of living in a secular age is one of “flatness.”   This feeling comes about because of a new view of reality which affects...

YOLO: The Wisdom and the Folly


"YOLO" -- You may have heard a young person say this just before they do something stupid, or as an explanation as to why they did something stupid. It means "You Only Live Once." It suggests we ought to live for the present, as opposed to think too much about...

Hear Oh People, The Lord is Chronos


I began this series of posts suggesting that having a "Biblical" or "Christian" worldview meant much more than opposing abortion and gay marriage, or being generous with ones time and money (read more here).   I argued that these things make up a very small part of what we call our...

Time and Despair


We modern folks have a very modern view of time.   Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. But there is a...

The Myth Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous when applied to...

An Inventory of Moments


Moment 1: I was about 6 years old when we moved from Montana to Michigan.  I was brought to my new school and left in the charge of Mrs. Smith, my new grade 1 teacher.  I sat alone in the classroom waiting for something to happen.  I imagine I was scared, but...

Time is Like a Lava Lamp


I don't know why we think that every minute is like every other minute; we certainly don't experience time in this way. Shakespeare knew it.  I was teaching Romeo and Juliet in my grade 9 class and noted several comments on the flexibility of time.  Among them: Sad hours seem long. --...

Killing Time


In English we have only one word for time.  The ancient Greeks had two because they understood time in two ways.  First, there is chronos, or ordinary time, in which one thing happens after another.  The other is kairos.  We've mostly lost a sense of this kind of time, to our detriment.   Chronological time refers...

Man was not made for Time, but time for man?


Understanding Worldview (2) What can you spend, save and waste? I asked my students this question and the answer is about 50/50--money and time. You'd expect people to say money, because that's the right answer.  In what way is time anything like money?   They are not alike at all, but we...