An Inquiry about Time

Morgan Miller

A - Awful doubts... (L'ombre d'un doute)

1. Is there for you any convincing proof that time really exists ?

I look in the mirror...

2. Couldn't it be possible that all our movements are not real and that all appearances are just a sort of holographic hallucination ?

Yes, but Zeno talked about that and what happened to him ? If I hit myself in the nose, what hurts ?

3. Does any object, which has never been observed, but which is existing nevertheless possess any temporal and spatial existence ?

I am sure there are such objects. The French Academy of Science denied the existence of meteors even when presented with one!

B - Approaching Time

1. What is Time to you - is it a friend or an enemy ?

It is neither, it is.

2. Is Time something rather positive, negative or indifferent to you and why ?

Is air positive or negative? The interesting question is how we perceive it.

3. If you were given a machine allowing traveling in Time, where would you travel and why?

3.a. into the past ?

1922 USA, be with the old time IWW.

3.b. into the future ?

I don't want to go there unless called upon.

C - Looking for the limits of Time

1. Could Time be limited by something ?

1.a. If yes please indicate by what and under which circumstances

Time is a sensation effected by natural conditions. According to Einstein it can speed up , slow down, etc. There are even sub atomic particles which travel backward in time. But it must be insisted that 'time' is something we are trained to understand in a cultural fashion. Is my time the same it is for traditional aborigines? No. Time is limited by our "Mind forg'd manacles" to paraphrase William Blake.

3. What is the contrary of Time ?

'Popular' 'American' 'culture'

4. What is the biggest enemy of Time and why ?

Time has no enemies. It has only adepts and deniers.

5. How do you interpret the meaning of the word "timeless" ?


D - Parsing Time - Past, Present, Future

1. What does the present mean to you ?

An intersection of different dimensions and 'energy' fields.

2. Where does the future start ?

It doesn't start, it always exists. concurrent to the 'present'.

3. Where does the past end ?

Same as D2.

6. What are the most important meanings attached to past present and future?

past and present (in western civilization) is used as a whip. Religion- everlasting damnation, Capitalism- everlasting manditory consumption of the 'now'.

E - Shaping and Structuring Time

1. What is for you the most important characteristic of Time ?

Time is always a now which incorporates, transends and negates itself. That's why we experience deja vu, syncronicities, etc.

3. Do you think Time has any direction ?

Inward to the now.

4. Does an expression like "the arrow of time" mean anything to you ?

"Time flies like and arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." Groucho Marx (I hope you understand this joke.)

5. To which aspects of Time are you the most sensitive ? Please explain when, how, and why.

5.a - rythm ?

5.b - instants ?

5.c - events ?

5.d - encounters ?

5.e - choices and decisions ?

5.f. - irreversibility ?

5.g - newness and evolution ?

5.h - continuity and duration ?

5.i - decay ?

5.j - the coming of death ?

5.k - other

6. Do you feel Time to be more like

Time is like intersecting planes. Because of that I've experienced the future (deja vu, dreams, visions, premonitions) and experienced the past ('ghosts', etc). I've also experienced the eternal, the spiral of seasons at the same time as the permanence of them.

F - Mesuring Time

1. What is the meaning of the clock as regards the conception of time ?

A prison, a cadence to march to work.

2. If there were no more clocks, would it still be possible to mesure time nevertheless ?

2.a. If yes, in which way ?

By breathing. by existing.

G - Digging into common expressions

1. What does the sentence "I am wasting my time" mean to you ?

I'm bored...

2. What are you thinking about the term "timebomb" ?

I didn't get enough sleep.

3. How can you disprove the best the following sentence : "Time is money" ?

I look at my paycheck.

4. Could you make a list of strange time related expressions in your mother language ?

Time waits for no man.

Time heals all wounds.

Time wounds all heels. ( Z. & P. ask me if you don't understand this joke.)

H - Psychological and sociological aspects

1. Where is the place of the subject within Time ?

Victim of circumstance

I - The Time of waste

1. What percentage of your Time do you think you are usually wasting ?

Any of it when I'm not following my "tahmahnawis"- spirit or familiar.

2. What sort of means do you use to waste your Time ?

Repetitive time injuries: meaningless work, commuting, waiting in lines.

3. What are the most frequent rationale you use as a pretext for wasting your Time ?

Enforced starvation.

J - The Time of creativity

1. Does your perception of Time change when you are creative ? If yes, in which way ? Can you explain ?

It contracts into the now. All of it. Past future, etc. That's why so many creations take on new meanings, are synchronistic, etc. Its also why creation is shamanistic. But I try and remove the specialization/compartmentalization into creative, spiritual and other segments of living.

2. How do you feel about the following :

"When hanging yourself to the tail of the calendar, you are not likely to reach the edge of time You'd rather climb on the shoulders of the instants" - Narayana Reddy

2.a. As a poet ?

2.b As an artist ?

I am neither so I won't answer...

3. How are choices and decisions happening in your creative work ?

It flows out of me. Choice and decisions are for capitalists.

4. What sort of influence do you have on such decision ?

To let it come out.

K - The Time of dreams

1. Would you agree with the statement that "there is no Time in dreams" ?

No, because it ties into my experience of time as permanent now.

3. Is the sequence of events preserved in your dreams ?

Not really, but that's true in my "waking" life too !

5. Did you ever experience Time traveling while dreaming ?

Often. It usually comes true as well.

L - The Time of Love

1. Does your perception of Time change when you are in love ? Can you explain ?

No, but sometimes the synchronicities, etc increase in occurance.

2. Is there any relationship between your perception of Time while you are engaged in your prefered creative activities and your feeling of time when you are in love ?

Its all the same and often with 'regular' life as well.

3. Does your perception of Time change when you are making love ?

Not really.

Do you prefer to make love quickly or slowly or extremely slowly ?

Extremely slowly.

When, how and why ?

Because it can become transendental.

4. Does your perception of Time change during an orgasm ?

It collapses in upon itself.

M - Knowledge and Time

1. Can you explain what are the relationships between Time and Knowledge ?

We (individually and collectively) get wiser and stupider as time goes on.

2. Which <Token> come spontaneously to your mind when you are thinking about Time ?

Please replace <Token> by :

2.a. artists


2.b. poets


2.c. litterature and film authors


2.d. technologies

LSD, etc.

2.e. scientists

All traditional shamans

2.f. other

N - Time & Newness

1. Do you think anything new appeared/emerged since the beginning of the past century ?

The 'spectacle' as replacement for ever-present god/church.

2.Which recent or less recent events, trends, activities, conclusions, etc... appear new to you ?

Zip, nada, zilch...

3. Do you think the world is

3.a. deteminist ?

3.b. random ?

3.c. both depending on the considered aspects ?

3.d. a graduation between pure determinism and pure chance ?

3.e. not according to such categorizations that only reflect our mind's way of working and have no real meaning as regards the nature of the world itself ?

Jarry's transendential Ape explained this best: "Ha ha".

4. Can you explain what are the relationships between Time and Newness ?

4.a. How do you explain that something new may appear ?

4.b. Do you think chance plays a role in the emergence of newness and how ?

Newness is a burgeois luxury.