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Time IS Relative! September 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, People.
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Time is relative.

Our pace of life and perspectives on time vary from country to country, city to city, and even from parent to child.

We enter the world as present oriented hedonists.  We live in and for the moment.  We want to maximize pleasure and minimize pain.

Over time, we are socialized to adopt the preferred perspective on time shared by our respective culture.  Be that Past, Present, or Future.

Cultures with a future orientation (e.g., the Protestant Work Ethic) encourage delayed gratification ~ a nose to the grindstone approach to life and its many challenges.

* Always put off until tomorrow what you could enjoy today. 

Cultures oriented in the present savor the moment, lingering over meals and celebrating the sensual pleasures of life.

* Life is uncertain . . . eat dessert first. 

Present oriented hedonists discount the future consequences of today’s choices.  They overeat, exercise too little, and spend too much.

Future oriented puritans often postpone pleasure for future reward.

Of course,  that future may never arrive.

So . . . who’s got the right idea?

Thoughts to Ponder:

* Time is our most valuable and irreplaceable commodity ~ a bank account which mandates daily withdrawals, prohibits deposits, and pays dividends when we spend it wisely.

* It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re going if you’re heading in the wrong direction. ~ Stephen Covey

* Life is stirred with a slow spoon.  Be patient.  Let the future unfold.

* A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali

* Make the most of this moment . . . you’ll never pass this way again.

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