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There is no more valuable currency than time. Time cannot be accumulated, saved, deferred, time is today, now. Neither the euro, nor the dollar, nor gold can be equated, time is the measure of our life and what we do or fail to do with it impoverishes or enriches us. Man’s struggle to master time is an irony. “The idiocy of saying: I have little time. When it is time that disposes little or much of you” can be read in the Diary of Andrés Fava by Julio Cortázar. Pythagoras, when asked what time was, answered that it was “the soul of this world”.
This is our time. And this time stares at us in bewilderment without understanding why we are rushing nowhere. Time, or better expressed, the lack of it, is the argument most used today for not doing, not learning, not changing, not transforming, not knowing, not dialoguing, not participating and an infinity of other noes. Of all human resources, none is more valuable than time. Our time.
In the heat of summer’s arrival in the Northern Hemisphere, I was surprised by the first conversations I had. Most of them had to do with childhood. Camps, colonies, courses, trips, and so on and so forth. They talked, and a lot, about logistics, programs, plans, and so on, but they also emphasized being able to give them back time for spontaneity, curiosity, freshness, and creativity. “Too much time playing Fortnite. On Instagram. Minecraft. Or chatting in all its variants…”
The handbrake applied in summer seasons means that many seniors can see and live with more time and attention at the same time. Do we live as if on autopilot? At the mercy of the tyranny of the clock? Awakening awareness of what is happening to us can be transcendent. Without a real connection with what is happening to us, it is impossible to face change. Our society is living a moment of digital exhaustion and at the same time it seems alienated with so much stress.
Can we rethink time? Redesign it?
“I don’t have time” is the slogan of the 21st century. A century in which man begins to dominate almost all frontiers, except that of time. However, time should have the ideal size or extension to adapt to any type of productive or educational environment.
When I hear for the umpteenth time “I don’t have time”, what they are really saying is “I want to change but stay the same”. Something like changing without changing. It is a struggle between those who prefer to do nothing, shielded by the lack of time, and those who dare to reinvent the world because they do not belong to any space of time. The former do not want to change, they cannot or do not know how. They do not evolve, they do not experiment, they do not want to make mistakes, even if they are making mistakes. The latter try to make a better management of time, a reinvention of time.
Time. One of the many dimensions that exist in the universe. We believe that with the Internet the concept of time would provide an opportunity to transform our understanding of it. We have structured our lives and our society around the clock. We divide our years into months, weeks and days. Our days into hours, minutes and seconds and we build routines around these periods. But a town in Norway, Sommarшy, has decided to put an end to time and in early June they sent a petition to the authorities to abolish this concept.
The geographical conditions of this village are exceptional: in winter there is no sunrise for three months, during which time they live in complete darkness. And in summer the sun rises for 70 consecutive days, without nightfall.
The brain is an organ that is in a permanent learning process. But when it is confronted with something unknown, what it does is to relate it to something it already knows. This is its safety zone, although deep down the brain is also self-deceived. The truth is that the process of rethinking time is unknown, and to this we can add new technologies, which are also unknown. For many adults, technology is also a new territory, and this new space has distanced them even more from what is essential.
The daily avalanche of mails, WhatsApps, social networks, real-time information, apps and so on has filled our society with stress and anxiety, exiling most from the here and now. Taking away their concentration and attention. And in many cases being less productive, even though technology, was supposed to make work more efficient. What we do now is more than multitasking. Switching tasks at an unacceptable speed has made people less satisfied, less productive, less connected, generating higher levels of anxiety.
To see someone thinking, reflecting is synonymous with wasting time. With the irony that time is not wasted except when you are not aware of its passing.
Many children and young people are also stressed and suffer from anxiety. And it is true, many suffer from it. The system is designed for it, not the other way around. There is no system that enhances the human factor, creativity and emotions. To use time and not to be used by it.
It is in this summer period that we remember that the most important thing in life, after health, is love because it reflects the most important thing of the human being, generosity, trust, giving. Giving without filters, without hypocrisy, without interest and without interest. Surely with the passing of the days, of the weeks, the awakened conscience will reconnect us with that unlimited capacity of curiosity and connection with the essential.
Time, that silent tyrant that we have raised to power and that governs us so despotically. But the world is no longer left or right, north or south, rich or poor, west or east. The world is divided between the brave and the cowardly.
The world belongs to those who, regardless of their nationality, profession, sex, age, religion or language, make time a tool for change.
The clock was invented for a different purpose than the one we give it today. We can change the concept that time passes quickly. Let us be brave enough to rewrite our history. History. And brave to create a new time. Our time.
It will be necessary to address the problems that a new conception of time could bring. From biorhythm, logistics, transportation, flights, store openings and medical care, relationships, love, among many other issues. Nikola Tesla said that “the individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and go, but the human being remains”. Our conscience is for the human being, the one of today and the one of tomorrow.
The world advances at the speed of lightning. Therefore, those who continue to make excuses instead of seeing the opportunities presented to them will fall by the wayside, stagnant, forgotten by history, and will become secondary actors in a world that will look at them with false melancholy, or simply ignore them. Instead, those who generate change, create it, rewrite history and design the future will be the protagonists of intense, radically fast-moving years, rich in learning, experimentation and evolution.
To be aware or not to be aware is the measure of our time.
At the moment, several inhabitants of the Norwegian town have shown their support for the initiative to live without time. They have even hung their watches on a bridge at the entrance to the island as a symbolic gesture to express that in Sommarшy there is no notion of time. It may sound crazy, or maybe not. At the end of the day, isn’t it time that disposes of us?