With social media and a little Justin Timberlake we have all hear statements and seen memes eluding to the fact that time is not real. Time is an illusion. There is no such thing as the the past or the future. What does all this even mean though ?
Doing research for this topic, I find that basically nobody has a real answer 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂👌🏽 We’re really just floating through space and have no clue why. But there was a lot of information and people speaking about how time feels. A lot about the signs of time. If time is just an illusion then why is there visible signs of aging ? Why do we notice subtle changes in the environment ? Why do we have clocks and calendars ? Of course these questions can largely be answered but how sure are we of the validity of the answers ?
If time is real and as rigid as many of us believe (using the term ‘many’ loosely) then why doesn’t every one all over the world follow the same concept of time ?
One concept of time is linear. This is the concept of time Americans fall under and it is e x p e n s i v e. We truly believe that time is money here in general and so just like we feel as if we can never have enough money, we feel like we can never have enough time either. We’re a profit oriented society and so time is a commodity and it’s scarce. So linear means we follow time as past then present then future. We navigate between these three often. Switzerland, Germany and other Anglo-Saxon societies follow this concept too. People who follow the linear concept are also considered monochromatic which means they concentrate on a fixed schedule and usually have one thing at a time.
Most Southern Europeans follow multi-active time. This means the more things they can cram into any given time, the happier and better off they feel. This is like extreme multitasking. They don’t typically follow schedules or care about being punctual. Cultures like Spaniards, Italians and Arabs completely ignore the passing of time and would much rather finish the conversation of whatever it is they’re doing before departing off to do anything else.
In Eastern cultures there’s cyclical time. They pay attention to the sun setting and rising and the seasons changing. They also acknowledge the process of aging but that’s it ! The cycle will go on and as it always had so to them time is infinite and that’s all you need to know. There’s no such thing really as being late or on time because time flows abundantly in these cultures. This can make it extremely difficult for asians and Americans to do business together although we see that they definitely make it work somehow. But Americans shouldn’t expect Asians to come to decisions quickly. We may feel like they’re completely wasting time but that’s not how they perceive so it so treating it as such would come off as rude and unprofessional.
How do you personally feel about time ? Let us know in the comments !