WPC: The Time Problem

The time problem is something that all humans (not only Albert Einstein) have struggled with since mankind first appeared on earth.  How do we record time?  How do we slow it down or speed it up?  How do we spend our time on earth because it is so limited?  How do we derive meaning from our time here?   In our lifetime, should we work towards the greater good or should we focus on our own needs?

There is no road map, no detailed instructions.  Largely, we are on our own to figure it all out.  We look for answers in religion, in philosophy, in nature:

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.–Khalil Gibran

Panorama, The Grand Canyon. Shot with a Canon 40D.

Panorama, The Grand Canyon. Topaz HDR filter.  Shot with a Canon 40D.

Some of us try to achieve immortality through our endeavors–in fields like architecture, science, or the arts.

Time goes, you say? Ah, no! alas, time stays, we go.–Henry Austin Dobson

The Coliseum, Rome. Shot with a Canon 40D.

The Coliseum, Rome. Shot with a Canon 40D.

Others devote their time to relationships, and find meaning in the love of friends and family.

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.–Barbara Bush
Father and Daughter, Hollywood, Florida. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Father and Daughter, Hollywood, Florida. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Still, we are left with no clear answers to our dilemma.

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?–Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss, Shot in the Water Tower Shopping Plaza, Chicago with a Samsung Galaxy S5

Dr. Seuss, Shot in the Water Tower Shopping Plaza, Chicago with a Samsung Galaxy S5

And finally, I’d like to share a song by Pink Floyd, which addresses the time question:

I hope your time this week is filled with many good things!
To see more shots of this week’s time theme, click on the embedded link.

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    • Hi Jackie (and Reggie). Thanks! We were so surprised that it was in the 60’s in Flagstaff in the morning and snowing when we got to the Grand Canyon a few hours later. The Canyon is magnificent and jaw-droppingly beautiful.

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  1. What incredible images and quotes! The image of the coliseum has so much endless detail, one could look at it for a long time.

    I’ve always been fascinated by time. I believe we have intellect because we’re human, but in the end, we become souls again so we level with life. The mystery of the ego has haunted me all my life, why me, why I am who I am and for which reason.

    When you say: “In our lifetime, should we work towards the greater good or should we focus on our own needs?”, I say do both, if you can. The greater good sometimes solves the mystery of the ego: one is not alone and there is greater suffering. Artists can have a rough time with this one, as they realize this sooner in their lifetime than most people.

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  2. I’m delighted you like the photos, including the coliseum. It was a fascinating place, but hard to capture. It’s difficult to convey the immensity of the place, but at least in this shot, you see how small the people are in comparison. I was sad to learn that a large portion of the artifacts was pilfered over the centuries and used in other buildings in Rome. That’s an intriguing thought about the artist and the ego. I believe that the artist must have some humility to recognize that the ego is just a small part of the work. In fact, the act of creation transcends the individual artist.

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  3. Yet time is an artificial construct, is it not? I cannot grasp the concept on an emotional level. I am, forever and always, in the present (does that even exist?) When I look back I am unable to ‘feel’ the past’ nor anticipate the future. There is only now.

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    • Hi Maureen. So glad to hear from you! Great point. It is an artificial construct. A way to organize our existence. I’m thinking of Genesis and how that order was imposed by God–according to Biblical traditions, but we can argue that time keeping is a far more human construct! I also think it’s more fluid than we realize–and not neatly separated into past, present and future. It’s interesting that when I write, I have to make emotional connections to events in the past some times. It comes with practice. 🙂

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