At the Edge of Time: Experiments in Thinking Deep and Far
When was the last time you had an entirely new thought?
There is no innovation without new thinking. Innovation requires us to step beyond our habitual thought patterns and see the world with fresh eyes.
I try to make it a daily practice to have a new thought and take a fresh look.
But how do we get new thoughts and perspectives?
One easy way to get an entirely new thought is to shift one of the basic parameters of our analysis. The factor time is one parameter that is very easy to shift:
Who would you be in this very moment, if all that mattered was right now? And what would you do if all that mattered were the next 3 weeks? Or the next 3 months? The next 3 years? Or the next 30 years, or 300 years, or 3000 years?
Here are a few of my sources of delight that help me experiment with new thoughts around the edges of time:
- The Long Now Foundation encourages conversations in a framework of 10'000 years. Many lectures are too technical for my metaphysically-wired brain, but I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's How Stories Last (which was recorded back in 02015), and I look forward to listening to Steven Pinker's A New Enlightenment.
- I am reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and learned how our capacity for abstract thinking was developed some 70'000 years ago. Even though it so obvious, I am intrigued by the notion that basically all our social organizing is rooted in stories that we collectively believe in. The greater the number of individuals who believe in it, the greater the power of the story.
- I am relieved to be reminded of the distinction made in ancient Greek between chronos and kairos. Chronos is the time dimension we normally refer to: the quantitative, sequential, linear time. Kairos, on the other hand, has a qualitative nature and refers to a supreme moment, a time of realization. It is poignantly described as deep time in this interview with the Franciscan priest Richard Rohr.
- In 2050, all human technology will be destroyed and you can leave earth by hiding in a giant sperm whale. Also worth noting that in the year 3172, political power will be split across the galaxy. Such is the future as predicted by novels. (via)
- And the last word goes to the artist: Time is how you spend your love.
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