Have you ever wondered what makes time so special? Perhaps even questioned the legitimacy of time itself due to the apparent dualism that comes with the territory of time. Unsurprisingly, you’re not alone. No, really…whether that feeling of loneliness stems from the conscious or subconscious acknowledgement of the duality of time by others…it is biologically implausible for one to exist in time in total isolation. Since the universe runs on the principle of least efficiency, and therefore requires a standard unit of measurement for all things so as to minimize the likelihood of aggregate effort exertion, it should be a no brainer that Chronos, a term dubbed by the Ancient Greeks to describe sequential time, is the primary measure by which societies measure existence itself. The decision to utilize Chronos and not Kairos, which is another term dubbed by the Ancient Greeks to describe the timing of opportunity, is because Chronos, or chronological time, is something that is experienced by every organism that exists, and thus is biologically indisputable…hence why I argued that it is biologically implausible to exist in time in total isolation.
But even with this understanding of the duality of time, one may still be confronted with perplexing thoughts. This is likely due to the complexity that lies behind Kairos…the element of time that transcends into the realm of social arbitrage opportunities. What do I mean when I say this? Well, without a collective awareness of Chronos, most social constructions would either, (a) become extremely inefficient, or (b) collapse. However, without a collective awareness of Kairos, which I argue could be reflected by the degree to which the arts and technology proliferate (a renaissance age for example), most art and technology would either, (a) be disseminated rather inefficiently, or (b) not be disseminated at all.
Now you may be wondering why any of this matters. Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine that you’re a person growing up in a third world country. The likelihood of Chronos (a) and (b) being evident is rather high. This can be observed by simple things such as traffic congestion. Now let’s imagine that you’re a person growing up in a country that has its freedom of expression completely stripped away. In this scenario, the likelihood of Kairos (a) and (b) being evident is just as high as in the previous scenario.
Are things becoming a bit clearer? One more thought experiment…imagine that you live in a country that is highly democratized (in the technical sense), and has a strong civil-society presence, as well as a strong economy…meaning that you essentially have the resources and capacity available for ensuring that time spent is minimized on essential tasks (cooking, cleaning, etc.), and the use of art and technology is optimized according to the remaining unused time left for allocation. Imagine the possibilities…although, such possibilities are left to choice. A decision to take advantage of opportunities and ascend Maslow’s Hierarchy towards the apex of enlightenment…self-transcendence.
A decision that you could make, and a chance that you could take.
P.S. I wonder if this idea, the duality of time, is exactly why phrases like carpe diem exist…food for thought