Being around traditional Native American culture means knowing that there is attention to circles or cycles. Life is a big circle and time flows endlessly in that circle/cycle.
It’s a big difference in attitude. Usually in the U.S., time is monochronic – time is an arrow; use it or lose it, manage every second. Glance at the clock every hour and grimace. And, at the end, your clock has run out.
If you are one circle of nature inside the circle of life, though, you think cyclically, like: “What goes around comes around.”
Hey, painting will come back around. It’ll have its time in my life again.
I read a little online about the book Biocentrism, a theory that biology is the center of everything. Well, everything requires a conscious observer. The author thinks that time is a mental construct, created by consciousness. Space as well, I think. When you’re away from your kitchen, the particles that comprise your stove are in a flux of possible states. It’s not until you come back and observe your stove, that the particles coalesce into a specific form, in a specific spot on the floor. And time apparently is constructed for that object, including a past; the time when you weren’t actively observing it. (?)
Not sure from the tidbits I’ve read, but that’s quite a concept of time.
I think he’s distorting the results of quantum physics experiments, but thinking a little about his theory was a good brain exercise. And gave me another view of time. Time being actually triggered by life.
What attitude would a believer in that theory have?
Chi pisa la chike! I’ll see you later! I’ll observe you later 🙂