Thursday, March 30, 2006

A lapse in time

It has been commented upon and lamented by many that the mind's relentless processing of experience creates a stumbling block for full enjoyment and appreciation of life. It is as if a gigantic data stream were being fed into a computer in order to create a representation of the primary reality. That representation is primarily visual and verbal, and its parts can be disassembled and reconstructed in various ways to make experience portable through time.

The real problem with this processing is not that it happens, but that of necessity there is a time lapse between the individual's being-in-the-world and the manufacture of the representation. Even if we are only talking about a split second, that time lapse can be like an eternity, as if a chasm had interposed between the vibrant living body of Now from the abstracted, skeletal essence of the Past. The existential separation between these modalities of being is absolute.

To notice this gap is the beginning of gaining greater ease with the way things are in the psychological universe, rather than protesting the disharmony. Maybe it is still possible to get in rhythm with the time lapse, so that in that crack into which so much time has disappeared, so many lost long moments, some nectar of experience can be preserved. One's reach must exceed one's grasp, or what's a blog for?


Anonymous said...

I speculate somewhere in this universe exists a creature whose perception of time is exponentially "quicker" than our own. Time is relative anyways, I can't even fathom existence in slow motion. Sometimes I wish I could.

Other times, I believe if we tried hard enough, we all could. :D

qubik said...

I think it would be a good idea if we did. There exist in every hour, every day, untold lost moments, waiting like undiscovered treasures to be retrieved and shed their light on us.