…contemplating Zen and rabbit of relativity.

…contemplating Zen and rabbit of relativity.

Oh my ears and whiskers! I’m late, I’m late I’m late!
The White Rabbit

Time is a human construct. We measure the passing of time, but it’s determination is mutable. Einstein spoke of time as an illusion of relativity. I particularly like this quote in which he simply explains, in layman terms, his theory:

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
Albert Einstein

The other illusion we tend to construct regarding time is how much time we have. That we have time to do one last thing and still get to a destination on time. That we have time to work on a project while also keeping on top of the housework, running the kids to school, completing boring paperwork, various other more pressing responsibilities that all seem to eat up that precious time we think we have. Yet we continue to delude ourselves that we have time to take on ever more work, to start a new hobby, to say hello to someone new, to say goodbye to someone dear, to say I love you to someone special, to see them one last time…

We convince ourselves that we have time. Until we do not.

Instead of the popular adage “Carpe Diem” we should really say “Carpe Tempore” – for every moment must be seized as though we should not see that moment again. This isn’t relativity. This is Zen.

Time, as ever, remains an illusion, like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Nothing is real but the moment in which we live. Nothing else matters.

Like that magician, we must make something from nothing. Such is the endeavour of all creative types; making the time spent crafting something out of nothing worth spending the time to enjoy and appreciate. The hardest part is finding the illusory time to create and be creative when other tempovoric matters impose themselves upon such a precious commodity.

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