a fresh way to look at time with your own personal perspective. Interesting,
Messing with Time.
by Henry B Stevens
June 21, 2008
recent notes about time
My maternal grandfather, George Washington Clark, was born July 10, 1846.
My present age is 75 years old. The interval between Gramp's birth and
today is about 162 years. Going back in time about 12 such time intervals brings us to
the birth of Christ and going back 24 such time intervals brings us to Creation.
The thought that 3 generations in my family and life could represent
12 and 24 intervals of time has made an immense impression on me.
Just now I looked out my window at my garden and birdfeeder and see a
Cardinal bird family of mother, father and two baby birds. They have
just landed and are starting to feed off the ground. Mother and
father are looking for food, and the babys are following them
around and begging to be feed.
I decided to go outside and put out a fresh supply of food as most
of the food had been eaten.
As I stepped outside I heard two quick very loud booms. My wife said
the booms were the Shuttle "Discovery" returning to Cape Canaveral Florida USA.
So now I have thoughts about the beginning of time, Creation; the
present time, feeding the Cardinal bird family, and future time
as the space program goes forward. The space program is based on
science, which introduces the discussion of old world, evolution
and the present physical world we all experience moment by moment.
However our time is measured in hours and minutes which are arrived
at by science and our days and years are measured from the Birth of
Christ, which is a religious concept. Science does not know
the exact age of the earth, nor exactly how it came about,
so there cannot be a scientific number assigned. But there is a
religious beginning, Creation. The debate on this issue is historic,
serious, and ever present.
About two intervals back in my family there was a celebrated event.
The Mayflower ship landed in Plymouth MA USA in 1620. Thirteen of
my relatives were among the passengers. Three more of my relatives
arrived on the ship Anne which landed two years later. It is now
my opinion that the People already here should have thanked the boat
people for their interest in the area and invited them to get back
on their boat and keep sailing.
At present the most disturbing time interval to me is the recent half
interval, which would be 1927 to date. This was the a period of
America's first great fling with hedonism. It is also the period
which contained our great economic depression, followed by our
most intense war, WWII.
We are currently winding down America's second great fling with
hedonistic living. Our consumer economy is the greatest of
it's kind. It has become a source of envy among nations,
the larger two being China and India.
A consumer economy is a lifestyle and value system that is
self destructive and probably can not survive the gobal warming
that it is creating, in my opinion.
One basic tenet of our consumer economy is that
a show of wasted resources is good and
desirable. Why else would a person leave a gated community
driving a large SUV to run an errand and pick up
a latte on the way home?
That's a long way from the idea of 1960's hippy communes living gentle
on the earth, growing their food, building their shelter, doing
their yoga and teaching their children at home.
It has turned out that we have an economy that is based on
consumer spending, for descretionary merchandise, that exhibits
our wealth, good taste, coolness and hipness. Much of the
goods we buy are produced abroad with slave or near slave labor.
And much of our economy is paid for with debt, not cash.
Indulge now and pay later.
The recent half interval has also seen the rise of a single super
power who's military, the world's largest, is tasked with preserving
the empire needed to supply the raw materials necessary for the
USA to continue and further expand its consumer economy.
We have recently invaded, continue to occupy, and plan to
occupy forever the country with the fourth largest reserves of
oil, most of which is also the cheapest and easiest to pump from
the earth. This presence in Iraq borders on the largest reserves
of Saudi Arabia, third largest Iran and fifth largest Kuwait. Fourth
largest is Canada, with which we share a common border with. Sixth
largest is United Arab Emirates which shares a common border with
Saudi Arabia, Our supply of oil is assured.
So the largest Military and the largest economy are one in the same.
If these people want to have a consumer economy, guess what, that is
exactly what they will have. The next future interval of time belongs
to them and they will decide what to do with it. The outcome will
be their's to select.
As for me, I'll see just a very small sliver of the next interval.
Sure I'll relish whatever I get and be happy for it. But I'm really
curious what things will look like 162 years from today, 06/21/2170.
Feel free to copy, forward, email and broadcast as long as credit
is given to Henry B Stevens hank330.gmail.com
Two links for further information.