12 from December 2020
Have you ever stopped to think about how time went this year?
Better: have you ever talked to someone about how the time went this year?
For me it was a great mix of perceptions. While, for me, the months went by faster than I thought they would, so much has happened this year that, when I start to remember, it seems like 3 years would fit into 2020.
For example: in March my first nephew was born, but in the meantime so much has happened in the world and in our lives that when I try to remember the day he was born, I feel like it was last year or late (but he is still 9 months old. life).
Are you like that too?
Why does it happen?
Nietzsche defended a philosophical vision created by Gottfried Leibniz called Perspectivism. Like relativism, this current holds that each individual perceives reality differently. However, these two theories diverge when one says that there are several realities (relativism) and the other says that there is only one (perspectivism), and what changes within this is the perception and perspective of each one.
The two views, even if antagonistic on this issue, appeal to me. Yes, there is a more objective reality, bare and raw. But we cannot leave aside the capacity we have to, starting with our perspective, experiences, or just what is presented to us, build our own reality and start living within it. This happens even more strongly when we observe the behavior of certain tribes, which seem to live up to other groups or to this more objective reality.
In this edition, we want to propose an invitation to reflect on how your relationship with time is going. With the increase in distractions within the information age, the exponential growth of "new needs" exploited by advertising, the reduction of teams due to the crisis and many other factors, time - or the "lack" of it - has become one of the main causes of anxiety and depression.
The time was always the same. We have 24 hours in a day, 365 days a year. But within this tool there is a convention that dictates power and control.
The Gregorian calendar (the one that we use) is named after Pope Gregory because of an agreement between the Church and other major institutions that had a series of political and unnatural intentions. A strong example is the months of "July" and "August", which were included in the calendar in honor of Emperors Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus and, because of that, months like September (which should be month 7), October ( which should be month 8) and November (which should be month 9) have been pushed "forward". The months of July and August have 31 days because, as a tribute to the Emperors, they "shouldn't have fewer days than the others", so they ended up taking days from other periods to give them (that's why months like February, for example, have less than the others).
We always treat time as a tool. Today we treat time as an issue. We need to stop looking at time from the short-term linear perspective, built in recent years, in which we only see ourselves in that gear in which we were born, grew up, studied, worked, constituted a family, died and this same story repeats itself generation after generation .
If we don't stop thinking that way - with this vision that makes us wake up every day, have breakfast, go to work and go to sleep, as if nothing happened in the meantime, as a fully automated mechanism, without questioning our long-term life - we will continue to perpetuate a colonizing influence imposed on our society in which we "must" dominate and conquer more and more, thinking about objectives, goals and results all the time.
We never had the opportunity to choose the way we face time and organize ourselves. We are embedded in this methodology that makes us repeat the behaviors mentioned above.
We live in a moment when everything that does not refer to the rhythm of "progress" is considered backward or obsolete. Who defines what is contemporary is who dictates the time. This relationship between temporality, power regime and money is killing us, as I reflected with you in the last edition of Passeio, in the text on "How We Get Up To Here".
Time is not money. In fact, these are two very different riches that are available to us, which, when worked well, define themselves very well in feelings of fullness. Don't you feel great when you have time to take care of yourself or your family and friends?
If we begin to study how our ancestors related to time, we realize that we have a very limited and reduced view of their dimensions. Jessica will tell you, in the Reflections of this issue, how this happens.
We will also have an interview with the great writer, professor and historian Luiz Antonio Simas, in which he will tell a little about how we are killing time.
Finally, in this edition's audiocase, Pedro will tell you a little about the origins of the problematization of time, which turned into a pathologization, and how we should change this view.
I hope this edition can give you the possibility of new relationships with time, more autonomous and healthy, with less anxieties.
As Tim Maia said:
"Ask a gorilla what year it's in. We're there, man..."