The unseen ways in which time, and our perceptions of its constitution, determine almost all our choices and political possibilities, cannot be understated or ignored, if we desire better lives then are now deemed “possible”.
Systems of control want us to focus on the Spectacles that they perpetually create thereby simulating politics, as if Trump vs Clinton were the end all be all in human political potentiality. These Spectacles and the range of possibilities they imply, determine for most of us today how we should conceive of what it is we even want, thereby confining politics today to limit concepts implied by these Spectacular boot licker politics.
Likewise, the machinic rhythms of our contemporary work, media, and digital lives, subsume us all into the patterns of duration and flow that systems of control covertly manipulate, so as to regulate and regiment all our thoughts and behaviors.
Our implanted misconceptions of how to understand time, that’re implied by cultural reinforcement of the thought patterns produced by instrumental reason, have intentionally confused the dominant models of time we’re tricked into investing into our thinking.
Objectively, it seems in accordance with our most scientifically advanced observations of the universe to claim that the universe objectively conforms to a B-series model of time (Einstein), whereby objects of experience don’t actually move through time, and that objective time itself is a static block, wherein all moments are happening simultaneously.
However, adopting thought patterns in accordance with this object-oriented conception of time is a highly deceptive trap.
Regardless of how we might determine the objects of our experience to interact through observation via instrumental reason, it’s epistemologicaly useless for actually “knowing” time and/or conceptualizing/contextualizing our object oriented observation thereof.
In B-Series time, time doesn’t flow, the passage of time is therefor an illusion, and everything can be entirely understood as being deterministic. However, even if the objects of our experience conform to this B-series, “We” do not.
We aren’t our bodies, and therefore we should not limit our conceptualization of our own potentialities to the objective movement of observable material substances.
There are objects of experience and subjects of experience. The “We” we imply when we use the term, is a subject not an object and its therefor more fundamental to knowing how “We” can know anything at all.
This “We” isn’t static, its fluid, flexible, and can only be conceptualized as exerting any agency at all within the framework of A-series time.
A-series time is imminent, an ever present now, that can be conceptualized as a sort of spotlight moving across time.
Within A-series, the future and past don’t exist, the past is the past and the future is yet unformed, entirely open to unfolding possibility.
When conceptualizing our own agency, we must pay conscious attention to always conceive of it within the framework of the A-series time, otherwise we effectively give up all our potentiality to exercise free will.
In a forthcoming post I will discuss the ways in which this culturally reinforced temporal relativism is actively being used to control every aspect of our lives. For now untangle the ways in which you’re consciously conceiving of the nature of time.