Out of Time: Reposting and comment on The Duality of Time in Eastern and Western Philosophy

Time as Kairos What is time? There are found in Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) there at least two meanings given concerning time: ‘what …

The Duality of Time in Eastern and Western Philosophy


And, of course, my comment.

Of course: time itself is nothing but a marker and placeholder. Like nil or zero.

I would add that a Sage is one who might be perceived and thus identified by others as knowing the right time to do something – as in a Chronos (or Chronic) time, as this is actually the subjective sense of time placed into social ideological norms for seeing and knowing.

However, the Sage herself simply does not ever know when is the best to do things. This is more Karios. Or, Objective time in the sense of “in the universe’s time”. The object is in the universe ‘doing itself’, but knowledge of this doing is always vicarious with reference of itself to itself.

This latter can be noticed as the motion that Soren Kiekegaard dances with in distinguishing the authentic Christian from merely one resigned to believe he is having the correct faith or doing the right thing. In this light, Repetition is the noticed instance of the object that is this condition of being inauthentic, or in despair attempting to overcome or endure being subject to the chronic, ethical, or Kiekegaard’s “universal” time. It repeats, but is not noticed by the “ethical Christian” to do so, and hence the subject/Christian’s existential despair.

In the Eastern mode, perhaps this chronically repeating time is samsara, whereas the karios is more akin to karma, the instance or real manifestation of time with which the Sage unceasingly must contend. Ponder the infamous and oft misunderstood dialogue of Krishna and Arjuna in the Mahabharata.






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